Atomic detection and matter-wave coherence

E. V. Goldstein, Pierre Meystre

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We analyze several models of atomic detectors in the context of the measurement of coherence properties of matter waves. In particular, we show that an ionization scheme measures normally ordered correlation functions of the Schrödinger field, in analogy with the optical situation. However, it exhibits a sensitivity to exchange processes that is normally absent in optics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5036-5039
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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