Quantum correlations of ultracold atoms in optical lattices

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Abstract
<p>An optical lattice is the periodic potential that atoms experience via the ac-Stark shift when\&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">they are illuminated by counter-propagating laser beams that form a standing-wave pattern. Optical\&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">lattices have been widely used as a versatile platform in cooling, trapping, controlling atoms,\&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">and for the study of a variety of problems in physics. The many-body states of ultracold\&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">atoms in optical lattices can be characterized by the quantum correlations encoded in time-of-</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">flight\&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">images. In this thesis, we mainly discuss the use of the correlations function as a natural framework\&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">for characterizing quantum states in optical lattices.</span></p>
Year of Publication
2014
Degree
Ph.D.
Number of Pages
132
Date Published
12-2014
University
University of Colorado Boulder
City
Boulder, CO
Advisors - JILA Fellows
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