Anderson localization of ultracold atoms in a laser speckle

Alain Aspect

in Many-Body Physics with Ultracold Gases

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661886
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748356 | DOI:

Series: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School

Anderson localization of ultracold atoms in a laser speckle

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This chapter shows that ultracold atoms placed in an optical disordered potential form an excellent system to study Anderson localization (AL) experimentally. The discussion covers AL for the beginner, ultracold atoms in optical speckle, one-dimensional Anderson localization, direct observation of Anderson localized 1D wavefunctions, what happens beyond the 1D effective mobility edge, and towards 2D and 3D experimental studies of AL.

Keywords: ultracold atoms; anderson localization; optical speckle; wavefunctions

Chapter.  7624 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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