We report the experimental realization of a multibeam atom laser. A single continuous atom laser is outcoupled from a Bose-Einstein condensate via an optical Raman transition. The atom laser is subsequently split into up to five atomic beams with slightly different momenta, resulting in multiple, nearly copropagating, coherent beams which could be of use in interferometric experiments. The splitting process itself is a realization of Bragg diffraction, driven by each of the optical Raman laser beams independently. This presents a significantly simpler implementation of an atomic beam splitter, one of the main elements of coherent atom optics.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Mar 2008|