Europhys. Lett.
Volume 65, Number 5, March 2004
Page(s) 594 - 600
Section General
Published online 01 February 2004
Europhys. Lett., 65 (5) , pp. 594-600 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10179-x

Shape oscillation of a rotating Bose-Einstein condensate

S. Stock, V. Bretin, F. Chevy and J. Dalibard

Laboratoire Kastler Brossel - 24 rue Lhomond, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

(Received 5 November 2003; accepted 5 January 2004)

We present a theoretical and experimental analysis of the transverse monopole mode of a fast rotating Bose-Einstein condensate. The condensate's rotation frequency is similar to the trapping frequency and the effective confinement is only ensured by a weak quartic potential. We show that the non-harmonic character of the potential has a clear influence on the mode frequency, thus making the monopole mode a precise tool for the investigation of the fast-rotation regime.

03.75.Kk - Dynamic properties of condensates; collective and hydrodynamic excitations, superfluid flow.
32.80.Pj - Optical cooling of atoms; trapping.

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