Expansion dynamics of a dipolar Bose-Einstein condensate

S. Giovanazzi 1, P. Pedri 2, L. M.N.B.F. Santos 3, A. Griesmaier 1, M. Fattori 1, T. Koch 1, J. Stuhler 1, T. Pfau 1

Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 74 (2006) 013621

Our recent measurements on the expansion of a chromium dipolar condensate after release from an optical trapping potential are in good agreement with an exact solution of the hydrodynamic equations for dipolar Bose gases. We report here the theoretical method used to interpret the measurement data as well as more details of the experiment and its analysis. The theory reported here is a tool for the investigation of different dynamical situations in time-dependent harmonic traps.

  • 1. Physikalisches Institut,
    Universität Stuttgart
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud
  • 3. Institut für Theoretische Physik III,
    Universität Stuttgart