Oct 16 – 20, 2016
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Snapshots of a Quantum Bouncing Ball realized with the qBounce gravity spectrometer

Oct 18, 2016, 6:12 PM


Mr Martin Thalhammer (Atominstitut TU-Wien)


One class of gravity experiments within the qBounce project focuses on the realization of a Quantum Bouncing Ball, i.e. a measurement of the time evolution of a neutron bouncing above a horizontal plane. We have measured, the spatial probability distribution of this Schrödinger wave packet for different observation times with a spatial resolution of about 1.8μm. We illustrate the role of interference weaving the quantum carpet of several quantum states. After a first quantum reflection, several snapshots show the fall of the wave packet.

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Mr Martin Thalhammer (Atominstitut TU-Wien)


Hartmut Abele (Atominstitut) Dr Peter Geltenbort (Institut Laue-Langevin) Dr Tobias Jenke (Universitätsassistent) Mr Tobias Rechberger (Atominstitut, TU Wien)

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