Internal state conversion in ultracold gases

JN Fuchs, Dimitri Gangardt, F Laloe

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We consider an ultracold gas of (noncondensed) bosons or fermions with two internal states, and we study the effect of a gradient of the transition frequency between these states. When a pi/2 rf pulse is applied to the sample, exchange effects during collisions transfer the atoms into internal states which depend on the direction of their velocity. This results, after a short time, in a spatial separation between the two states. A kinetic equation is solved analytically and numerically; the results agree well with the recent observations of Lewandowski et al.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230404
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2002


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