Fundamental limit for integrated atom optics with Bose-Einstein condensates

Weiping Zhang, Ewan M. Wright, Han Pu, Pierre Meystre

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The dynamical response of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate manipulated by an integrated atom-optics device, such as a microtrap or a microfabricated waveguide, is studied. We show that when the miniaturization of the device enforces a sufficiently high condensate density, three-body interactions lead to a spatial modulational instability that results in a fundamental limit on the coherent manipulation of Bose-Einstein condensates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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