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Interactions in Ultracold Gases: From Atoms to Molecules

ISBN: 978-3-527-40389-9
519 pages
May 2003
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Arising from a workshop, this book surveys the physics of ultracold atoms and molecules taking into consideration the latest research on ultracold phenomena, such as Bose Einstein condensation and quantum computing. Several reputed authors provide an introduction to the field, covering recent experimental results on atom and molecule cooling as well as the theoretical treatment.

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I Tutorials.

The Quest for BEC (P. van der Straten & H. Metcalf).

Quantum Collisions (J. Weiner).

Introduction to Bose-Einstein Condensation (K. Bongs & K. Sengstock).

Cold Molecules (E. Tiemann).

Tutorial on Experimental Physics of Ultracold Gases (A. Mosk).

II Topical Reports.

Two-Dimensional Gas of Cesium Atoms Confined by Evanescent Waves (M. Hammes, et al.).

Ultracold Rydberg Gases and Plasmas (P. Gould, et al.).

Interactions in Ultracold Atomic Mixtures (G. Modugno & G. Roati).

Bose-Einstein Condensates in Optical Lattices (I. Bloch, et al.).

Atom-Molecule Coherence in 85 Rb BEC (N. Claussen, et al.).

Formation and Trapping of Cold Molecules (D. Comparat, et al.).

Deceleration and Trapping of Polar Molecules (G. Meijer).

Physics with Cold Molecular Ions (D. Zajfman, et al.).

Cold Molecules as a Laboratory for Particle Physics (B. Sauer, et al.).

III Developments.

A. Interactions in Trapped Atomic Gases.

B. Bose-Einstein Condensation and Fermi Degeneracy.

C. Cold Molecules.

D. Manipulation of Molecules.

List of Contributors.


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Matthias Weidemüller is head of the Laser Cooling Group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics and Lecturer of Physics at the University of Heidelberg. After studying Physics in Bonn, Munich and Paris he attained his doctorate in 1995 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics. He spent two years as a Postdoc at the University of Amsterdam and the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, before entering the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. His group experimentally explores the physics of ultracold atomic and molecular gases in very different environments ranging from tiny optical traps to large-scale heavy-ion storage rings.

Claus Zimmermann is Professor for Experimental Physics at the University of Tübingen in Germany. In 1990 he attained his doctorate at the Max-Planck Institut for Quantum Optics in Munich in the research group of Prof. T. Hänsch. He was appointed full Professor at the University of Tübingen in 1998. His scientific activities range from laser development, non-linear optics and precision spectroscopy to optical cooling and ultra cold quantum gases.


Peter van der Straten, Universiy of Utrecht, The Netherlands
John Weiner, Universiy Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Allard Mosk, FOM, Rijnhuizen, The Netherlands
Klaus Sengstock, University of Hamburg, Germany
Eberhard Tiemann, University of Hannover, Germany
Rudi Grimm, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Phil Gould, University of Connecticut, USA
Giovanni Modugno, LENS, Florence, Italy
Daniel Comparat, Laboratory Aimé Cotton, Orsay, France
Daniel Zajfman, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
Immanuel Bloch, University of Munich, Germany
Neill Claussen, JILA, Boulder, USA
Ben Sauer, SCOAP, Brighton, UK
Gerard Meijer, FOM Rijnhuizen, The Netherlands
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"The intention of addressing readers beyond the community of insiders is definitely fulfilled. ... The editors intention in aiming at advanced students and young researchers, as well at experienced researchers with different backgrounds is perfectly fulfilled."
Alkwin Slenczka, Uni Regensburg
ChemPhysChem, 2003, Vol. 4, No. 11
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