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Joel Morley

Observing the average momentum flow lines of atoms in a double slit interferometer

The 1988 work on weak values by Aharonov et al, introduced a new kind of quantum variable [1]. This created new perspectives when it came to the limits of quantum uncertainty. More recently, Kocsis et al [2] had used these techniques experimentally, claiming to have reconstructed the trajectories of photons after passing through an interferometer. This was done without destroying the interference pattern, an act apparently forbidden by standard quantum mechanics, by using indirect measurement techniques. We aim to replicate Kocsis’ experiment using atoms. A ready made magneto-optical trap can routinely cool and trap, metastable argon atoms to the mK range[3]. The cold temperatures offers particles with a large De Broglie wavelength. Here we present our intended method of using weak measurements to reconstruct the atom’s trajectories, while maintaining the interference pattern.

References:
[1] Y . Aharonov, D. Z. Albert, L. Vaidman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 60, 1351-4 (1988)
[2] S . Kocsis et al., Science, 332, 1170-73 (2011)
[3] P . Edmunds, P. Barker, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 183001 (2014) 

Observing the average momentum flow lines of atoms in a double slit interferometer by Joel Morley
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