Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Mayer Humi, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Mayer Humi

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Alex Zozulya

Co-advisor

Alex Zozulya

Identifier

etd-0430103-095432

Abstract

In this thesis we present a theoretical analysis of the instability in a cold atom interferometer. Interferometers are often used to split a signal (e.g. optical beam, matter wave), where each part of the signal evolves separately, then the interferometer recombines the signal. Interference effects from the recombination can be used to extract information about the different environments the the split signal traversed. The interferometer considered here splits a matter wave, the wave function of a Bose-Einstein Condensate, by using a guiding potential and then recombines the matter wave. The recombination process is shown to be unstable and the nature of the instability is characterized.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2003-04-30

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

interferometry, bose-einstein condensation, Interferometers, Bose-Einstein condensation

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