### Abstract

We study theoretically the interference patterns produced by the overlap of an array of Bose-Einstein condensates that have no phase coherence among them. We show that density-density correlations at different quasimomenta, which play an important role in two-condensate interference, become negligible for large N, where N is the number of overlapping condensates. In order to understand the physics of this phenomenon, it is sufficient to consider the periodicity of the lattice and the statistical probability distribution of a random-walk problem. The average visibility of such interference patterns decreases as Nâ1â •2 for large N.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 063602 |

Journal | Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics |

Volume | 71 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Jun 2005 |

Externally published | Yes |

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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)

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**Interference between a large number of independent Bose-Einstein condensates.** / Ashhab, Sahel.

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AB - We study theoretically the interference patterns produced by the overlap of an array of Bose-Einstein condensates that have no phase coherence among them. We show that density-density correlations at different quasimomenta, which play an important role in two-condensate interference, become negligible for large N, where N is the number of overlapping condensates. In order to understand the physics of this phenomenon, it is sufficient to consider the periodicity of the lattice and the statistical probability distribution of a random-walk problem. The average visibility of such interference patterns decreases as Nâ1â •2 for large N.

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JF - Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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