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Direct, Nondestructive Observation of a Bose Condensate

Science  05 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5271, pp. 84-87
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5271.84

Abstract

The spatial observation of a Bose condensate is reported. Dispersive light scattering was used to observe the separation between the condensed and normal components of the Bose gas inside a magnetic trap. This technique is nondestructive, and about a hundred images of the same condensate can be taken. The width of the angular distribution of scattered light increased suddenly at the phase transition.

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