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978-3-8439-0068-3, Reihe Physik
Bose-Einstein condensates for space applications and novel teaching concepts
206 Seiten, Dissertation Universität Hamburg (2009), Softcover, B5
Since the first experimental realization of Bose-Einstein condensation in 1995, this field of ultra-cold quantum gases quickly expanded into numerous highly interesting areas of research. This includes the quest for the understanding of a wide range of fundamental quantum phenomena as well as applications that benefit from the unprecedented degree of control in such systems. The work presented in this thesis contributed to two projects, whose requirements are remarkably similar despite the fact that their goals are diverse.
In order to achieve the long term goal of placing a quantum gas apparatus on the International Space Station (ISS), the miniaturization of the experimental setup is essential. Of equal importance for the success of the project is the mechanical stability of the quantum gas setup, with special emphasis on the sensitive laser system. The development and characterization of such a highly miniaturized and ultrastable laser system for use in highly perturbative environments has therefore been one of the main aspects of this thesis.
The second focus of the underlying thesis has been on the ambitious goal to make Nobel-Prize-winning physics available to a wide range of students and pupils as well as the interested public. This project benefits from the development of a fully remote controllable quantum gas setup with excellent long term stability attained within this work. The fascinating quantum world including its wide spectrum of interesting phenomena and technical challenges is presented in a comprehensive way and controlled via the Internet.