Quantum Science and Technology
Department or Program
Physics and Astronomy
Bose-Einstein condensate, microgravity, space, ultracold atoms
Existing space-based cold atom experiments have demonstrated the utility of microgravity for improvements in observation times and for minimizing the expansion energy and rate of a freely evolving coherent matter wave. In this paper we explore the potential for space-based experiments to extend the limits of ultracold atoms utilizing not just microgravity, but also other aspects of the space environment such as exceptionally good vacuums and extremely cold temperatures. The tantalizing possibility that such experiments may one day be able to probe physics of quantum objects with masses approaching the Planck mass is discussed.
Thompson, R. J., Aveline, D. C., Chiow, S., Elliott, E. R., Kellogg, J. R., Kohel, J. M., Sbroscia, M. S., Schneider, C., Williams, J. R., Lundblad, N., Sackett, C. A., Stamper-Kurn, D., & Woerner, L. Exploring the limits of ultracold atoms in space. Quantum Science and Technology, 8(2), 024004 (2023).
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