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Rubidium Bose-Einstein Condensate under Microgravity

Peters, A. and Lewoczko-Adamczyk, W. and van Zoest, T. and Rasel, E. and Ertmer, W. and Vogel, A. and Wildfang, S. and Johannsen, G. and Bongs, K. and Sengstock, K. and Steinmetz, T. and Reichel, J. and Könemann, T. and Brinkmann, W. and Lämmerzahl, C. and Dittus, H. and Nandi, G. and Schleich, W. and Walser, R. (2009) Rubidium Bose-Einstein Condensate under Microgravity. In: From Quantum to Cosmos - Fundamental Physics Research in Space World Scientific Publishing . pp. 579-586. ISBN 13-978-981-4261-20-3.

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Abstract

Weightlessness promises to substantially extend the science of quantum gases toward presently inaccessible regimes of low temperature, mcroscopic dimensions of coherent matter waves, and enhanced duration of unperturbed evolution. With the long-term goal of studying cold quantum gases on a space platform, we currently focus on the implementation of an 87Rb Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) experiment under microgravity conditions at the ZARM drop tower in Bremen (Germany). Special challenges in the construction of the experimental setup are posed by a low volume of the drop capsule (< 1 m^3) as well as critical vibrations during capsule release and paek decelerations of up to 50 g during recapture at teh bottom of the tower. All mechanical and electronic components have thus been designed with stringent demands on miniaturization, mechanical stability and reliability. Additionally, the system provide extensive remote control capabilities as it is not manually accessible in the tower for two hours before and during the drop. We present the robust system and show results from first tests at teh drop tower.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/63883/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:Rubidium Bose-Einstein Condensate under Microgravity
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Peters, A.Inst. Physik, Humboldt Univ., BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Lewoczko-Adamczyk, W.Inst. Physik, Humboldt Univ., BerlinUNSPECIFIED
van Zoest, T.Inst. Quantum Optics, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Rasel, E.Inst. f. Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Ertmer, W.Inst. f. Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Vogel, A. Inst. Laserphysik, Univ. HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Wildfang, S.Inst. Laserphysik, Univ. HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Johannsen, G.Inst. Laserphysik, Univ. HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Bongs, K.School of Physics, Univ. BirminghamUNSPECIFIED
Sengstock, K.Inst. Laserphysik, Univ. HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Steinmetz, T.Lab. Kastler Brossel, ENS, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Reichel, J.Lab. Kastler Brossel, ENS, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Könemann, T.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Brinkmann, W.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Lämmerzahl, C.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Dittus, H.Inst. f. Raumfahrtsysteme, DLR, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Nandi, G.Abt.Quantenphysik, Univ. UlmUNSPECIFIED
Schleich, W.Abt. Quantenphysik, Univ. UlmUNSPECIFIED
Walser, R.Abt. Quantenphysik, Univ. UlmUNSPECIFIED
Date:2009
Journal or Publication Title:From Quantum to Cosmos - Fundamental Physics Research in Space
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 579-586
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Turyshev, SNASA Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena CA
Publisher:World Scientific Publishing
ISBN:13-978-981-4261-20-3
Status:Published
Keywords:Bose-Einstein condensate, Microgravity, Chip trap
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems
Deposited By: Dittus, Prof.Dr. Hansjörg
Deposited On:09 Apr 2010 13:29
Last Modified:09 Apr 2010 13:29

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