Directional “Superradiant” Collisions: Bosonic Amplification of Atom Pairs Emitted from an Elongated Bose-Einstein Condensate Academic Article uri icon


  • We study spontaneous directionality in the bosonic amplification of atom pairs emitted from an elongated Bose-Einstein condensate, an effect analogous to superradiant emission of atom-photon pairs. Using a simplified model, we make analytic predictions regarding directional effects for both atom-atom and atom-photon emission. These are confirmed by numerical mean-field simulations, demonstrating the feasibility of nearly perfect directional emission along the condensate axis. The dependence of the emission angle on the pump strength for atom-atom pairs is significantly different than for atom-photon pairs.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002