Coherence and Superfluidity of Gaseous Bose-Einstein Condensates

  • Jean Dalibard
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 602)


This paper gives a summary of the experimental production and the theoretical description of a gaseous Bose-Einstein condensate. We present the standard procedure to obtain a condensate: laser cooling, followed by evaporative cooling in a magnetic trap. We then turn to the theoretical treatment of an interacting Bose- Einstein condensate. We justify the use of a contact potential to describe atom interactions and we outline the derivation of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. We then discuss experiments revealing the coherence properties of a single condensate, and the relative coherence between two independent condensates. Finally, we address the problem of the superfluidity of a condensate, by focussing on its rotational properties and the nucleation of quantized vortices.


Liquid Helium Vortex Line Evaporative Cool Einstein Condensate Vortex Lattice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Dalibard
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  1. 1.Laboratoire Kastler BrosselParisFrance

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