Physics at Virginia

A recent experiment, conducted in the group of Cass Sackett at the University of Virginia, implemented a dual-Sagnac atom interferometer (AI) for rotation sensing using a BoseEinstein condensate (BEC) confined in a TOP-trap potential. The BEC was split twice by laser light to create two pairs of counter-orbiting clouds in a harmonic potential trap where each cloud pair acted as a separate Sagnac interferometer. After one orbit the two overlapping cloud pairs were split a final time and the population of atoms in the zero momentum state were measured. We have studied the impact of the presence of anharmonic potential terms and atom-atom interactions on the performance of this rotation sensor. Our studies have been carried out using a variational model that approximates the rotating-frame Gross-Pitaevskii equation. We have used this model to study the impacts of using larger-number condensates and multiple-orbit protocols on sensor performance.

Atomic Physics Seminar
Monday, July 26, 2021
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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