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Matter waves optics with a space-borne BEC experiment

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  • UserDennis Becker (Hannover).
  • ClockFriday 24 November 2017, 12:00-13:00
  • HousePhysics East 217.

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Atom interferometers are reaching an exquisite performance and expected to be sensitive probes of fundamental interactions. Thanks to the clean environment and long observation times possible, space promises to unfold the full potential of such sensors. In this talk, I will report on the first realization of a cold atom experiment in space achieved by the sounding rocket mission MAIUS -1. Within 6 minutes of microgravity and 81 experiments, the chip-based BEC machine demonstrated a high degree of stability and a good agreement with quantum gases models. These results are a key milestone towards BEC -based space missions aiming for gravimetry, gradiometry, tests of fundamental physics laws or the detection of gravitational waves.

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