The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 199–205

Stückelberg-interferometry with ultra-cold atoms

Regular Article Ultracold atoms in confined geometries

DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2011-10711-6

Cite this article as:
Plötz, P. & Wimberger, S. Eur. Phys. J. D (2011) 65: 199. doi:10.1140/epjd/e2011-10711-6


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.

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© EDP Sciences, SIF, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische Physik and Center for Quantum DynamicsUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany