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Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Apr 14;96(14):140403. Epub 2006 Apr 13.

Achieving peak brightness in an atom laser.

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Australian Centre for Quantum Atom Optics, Physics Department, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200, Australia.


In this Letter we present experimental results and a simple analytic theory on the first continuous (long pulse) Raman atom laser. We analyze the flux and brightness of a generic two state atom laser with an analytic model that shows excellent agreement with our experiments. We show that, for the same source size, the brightness achievable with a Raman atom laser is at least 3 orders of magnitude greater than achievable in any other demonstrated continuously outcoupled atom laser.

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