Welcome to website of the Cretan Matter-Waves

Bose-Einstein Condensation group of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Lasers I.E.S.L. on Crete, Greece.

Mission Statement

  • To explore the unprecedented potential of matter-wave interferometry
  • To look at (de)coherence in increasingly complex quantum systems.

BEC 1: We are constructing a coherently guided matter-wave interferometer. Our matter-waves will be made from Bose-Einstein Condensates (BEC). The interferometer will consist of a novel magnetic ring-shaped waveguide based on time-averaged adiabatic potentials (TAAP). A little 'teaser' movie of our TAAP can be seen here.

BEC 2: We have set up a second experiment, which will look at BEC at higher atom numbers. We recently demonstrated a novel atom laser, which has a record flux of 4x10^7 atom/s. We also made the coldest thermal source to date (200nK). We are currently exploring the phase properties of atom lasers.

In the future we plan to study the kinetics of the condensation process itself. We also plan to study the rise of coherence in phase-fluctuating condensates.