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Synthetic electromagnetic fields for cold neutral atoms

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While cold neutral atoms have acted as quantum simulators for a number of important quantum many-body problems, one difficulty is in having the neutral atoms mimic the behavior of charged particles. One approach to this issue is to use optical Raman fields to alter the atom’s energy-momentum dispersion curve to mimic that of a charged particle in a magnetic vector potential. By introducing temporal and spatial variation of that effective vector potential, we have demonstrated the effects of synthetic electric and magnetic fields on “synthetically charged” neutral atoms.

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