Research Article

A Continuous Source of Bose-Einstein Condensed Atoms

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Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2193-2195
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2193

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A continuous source of Bose-Einstein condensed sodium atoms was created by periodically replenishing a condensate held in an optical dipole trap with new condensates delivered using optical tweezers. The source contained more than 1 × 106 atoms at all times, raising the possibility of realizing a continuous atom laser.

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