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I am spending some time reading about Bose-Einstein condensation. I want to know if it is possible to use atom lasers to realize the kind of holography traditionally associated with nano-fabrication.

Many papers say that the motivation for BEC is the aforementioned holography, but I can't find if they were able to actually realize it. I am very much a novice at searching through academic literature.

The closest I have found is the work of some Japanese scientists in the 90s who were able to make 2D hologram, without a laser style beam.


Does anybody know if it was done, or possible can comment on some of the challenges.

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It might help to get a response if you edited in some links for "many papers", and for the work of the "Japanese scientists". Off hand I cannot see how one could use a BEC to construct a hologram. The coherence in the lazing function is creating the coherent beam, a two step process. What can be the second step for the BEC so as to use it for holography? –  anna v Dec 1 '12 at 4:57

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It's been done to some extent by Fujio Shimizu and Jun-ichi Fujita.

Also, MIT has a well-known lab dedicated to this type of research headed by Dr. Ketterle .

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