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Development of a new method to cool neutral atoms and its application towards the study of quantum turbulence

Grant number: 16/50033-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2016 - August 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Atomic and Molecular Physics
Cooperation agreement: University of Texas - Austin
Principal researcher:Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato
Grantee:Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato
Principal researcher abroad: Mark Raizen
Institution abroad: University of Texas at Austin (UT), United States
Home Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

In the present proposal we describe, firstly, how a novel and more general method to cool atoms will be developed as an alternative to laser cooling which can produce much larger Bose-Einstein condensates. Secondly, this method will be applied towards the study of quantum turbulence, enabling a breakthrough in this field. The current project brings together the fields of expertise of the two independent laboratories (UT Austin and USP Sao Carlos), that have fruitfully interacted in the past, with a high expected added value upon its accomplishment. (AU)

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