Ideal n-body correlations with massive particles

Dall, R. G., Manning, A. G., Hodgman, S. S., RuGway, Wu, Kheruntsyan, K. V. and Truscott, A. G. (2013) Ideal n-body correlations with massive particles. Nature Physics, 9 6: 341-344. doi:10.1038/NPHYS2632

Author Dall, R. G.
Manning, A. G.
Hodgman, S. S.
RuGway, Wu
Kheruntsyan, K. V.
Truscott, A. G.
Title Ideal n-body correlations with massive particles
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Ideal n-body correlations with massive particles
Journal name Nature Physics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1745-2473
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/NPHYS2632
Volume 9
Issue 6
Start page 341
End page 344
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 1963 Glauber introduced the modern theory of quantum coherence, which extended the concept of first-order (onebody) correlations, describing phase coherence of classical waves, to include higher-order (n-body) quantum correlations characterizing the interference of multiple particles. Whereas the quantum coherence of photons is a mature cornerstone of quantum optics, the quantum coherence properties of massive particles remain largely unexplored. To investigate these properties, here we use a uniquely correlated source of atoms that allows us to observe n-body correlations up to the sixth order at the ideal theoretical limit (n!). Our measurements constitute a direct demonstration of the validity of one of the most widely used theorems in quantum many-body theory—Wick’s theorem—for a thermal ensemble of massive particles. Measurements involving n-body correlations may play an important role in the understanding of thermalization of isolated quantum systems and the thermodynamics of exotic many-body systems, such as Efimov trimers.
Keyword Hanbury Brown
Twiss correlations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Letters

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