School of Physics & Astronomy

Effects of non-condensed atoms on condensate dynamics

This is a new project which aims to extend our previous work on the dynamics of atomic Bose condensates to include the effects of non-condensed atoms (quantum fluctuations in the condensate wavefunction). The non-condensed atoms will, at the very least, act as a heat bath for the condensate allowing it to dissipate energy and enabling quantum decoherence. We aim to employ a range of theoretical/numerical approaches to the inclusion of such fluctuations in order to probe their ranges of validity in order to improve agreements with experiment.

School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham NG7 2RD

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