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Atomic solitons

These crashing waves

Solitons in attractive Bose–Einstein condensates are mesoscopic quantum objects that may prove useful as tools for precision measurement. A new experiment shows that collisions of matter-wave bright solitons depend crucially on their relative phase.

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Figure 1: Simplified schematic of the experiment reported by Nguyen and colleagues1.

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Billam, T., Weiss, C. These crashing waves. Nature Phys 10, 902–903 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3162

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