, Volume 65, Issue 1-2, pp 199-205
Date: 09 Jun 2011

Stückelberg-interferometry with ultra-cold atoms

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Stückelberg oscillations have been observed in recent experiments with ultra-cold atoms. We show that and how precisely ultra-cold atoms in an accelerated two-band lattice are a controlled realization of Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interferometry. We derive simple formulae for the time-dependent and time-averaged occupation of the energy bands and compute interference patterns for parameters directly accessible in experiments with ultra-cold atoms.

Now at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Breslauer Strasse 48, 76139 Karlsruhe, Germany.