The coherence properties of amplified matter waves generated by four-wave mixing (FWM) are studied using the Hanbury-Brown-Twiss method. We examine two limits. In the first case stimulated processes lead to the selective excitation of a pair of spatially separated modes, which we show to be second order coherent, while the second occurs when the FWM process is multimode, due to spontaneous scattering events which leads to incoherent matter waves. Amplified FWM is a promising candidate for fundamental tests of quantum mechanics where correlated modes with large occupations are required.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Aug 2011|