Time interval distributions of atoms in atomic beams
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- Köhl, M., Öttl, A., Ritter, S. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2007) 86: 391. doi:10.1007/s00340-006-2509-2
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We report an experimental investigation of two-particle correlations between neutral atoms in a Hanbury Brown and Twiss experiment. Both an atom laser beam and a pseudo-thermal atomic beam are extracted from a Bose–Einstein condensate and the atom flux is measured with a single atom counter. We determine the conditional and the unconditional detection probabilities for the atoms in the beam and find good agreement with the theoretical predictions.