Coherent atomic matter waves

27 July–27 August 1999

  • Editors
  • R. Kaiser
  • C. Westbrook
  • F. David
Conference proceedings

Part of the Les Houches - Ecole d’Ete de Physique Theorique book series (LHSUMMER, volume 72)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. D. M. Stamper-Kurn, W. Ketterle
    Pages 139-217
  3. H. T. C. Stoof
    Pages 219-315
  4. S. Chu
    Pages 317-370
  5. B. A. van Tiggelen
    Pages 371-414
  6. D. Delande
    Pages 415-479
  7. A. Ekert, P. M. Hayden, H. Inamori
    Pages 661-701
  8. G. Labeyrie, F. de Tomasi, J.-C. Bernard, C. Mueller, C. Miniatura, R. Kaiser
    Pages 703-714

About these proceedings


Progress in atomic physics has been so vigorous during the past decade that one is hard pressed to follow all the new developments. In the early 1990s the first atom interferometers opened a new field in which we have been able to use the wave nature of atoms to probe fundamental quantum me chanics questions as well as to make precision measurements. Coming fast on the heels of this development was the demonstration of Bose Einstein condensation in dilute atomic vapors which intensified research interest in studying the wave nature of matter, especially in a domain in which "macro scopic" quantum effects (vortices, stimulated scattering of atomic beams) are visible. At the same time there has been much progress in our understanding of the behavior of waves (notably electromagnetic) in complex media, both periodic and disordered. An obvious topic of speculation and probably of future research is whether any new insight or applications will develop if one examines the behavior of de Broglie waves in analogous situations. Finally, our ability to manipulate atoms has allowed us not only to create macroscopically occupied quantum states but also to exercise fine control over the quantum states of a small number of atoms. This has advanced to the study of quantum entanglement and its relation to the theory of measurement and the theory of information. The 1990s have also seen an explosion of interest in an exciting potential application of this fine control: quantum computation and quantum cryptography.


Atom Interferometry Bose-Einstein Condensation Experiment Localization Optics Quantum Computing Quantum Measurement quantum chaos quantum system scattering

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information EDP Sciences, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-41047-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-45338-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-8099
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