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Observation of a superfluid Hall effect



Lindsay J. LeBlanc, Karina K. Jimenez Garcia, Ross A. Williams, Matthew C. Beeler, Abigail R. Perry, William D. Phillips, Ian B. Spielman


Measurement techniques based upon the Hall effect are essential tools in condensed matter physics. Here, we report the first observation of a Hall effect in an ultracold gas of neutral atoms, revealed by measuring Bose-Einstein condensate's transport properties perpendicular to a synthetic magnetic field. Our observations in this vortex-free superfluid are in good agreement with those predicted by superfluid hydrodynamics, demonstrating that the system's global irrotationality influences this superfluid Hall signal.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


artificial vector potentials, Bose-Einstein condensation, Hall effect, superfluid hydrodynamics, synthetic magnetic fields


LeBlanc, L. , Jimenez, K. , Williams, R. , Beeler, M. , Perry, A. , Phillips, W. and Spielman, I. (2012), Observation of a superfluid Hall effect, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created July 3, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017