Towards measuring the Spin-Hall effect in a Bose-Einstein condensate
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This bachelor's thesis is split into three parts. In the first part, we explore the realisability of a light-induced artificial gauge field in a Bose-condensed gas of sodium atoms. We find that it should indeed be possible to implement a setup that should lead to measurable phenomena in a Bose-gas. After that, we investigate the influence of short-circuiting in a magnetic trap for Bose-condensed sodium atoms. Here, we conclude that it is possible to undo the observable changes in the magnetic trap by carefully choosing the current through a set of fine tuning coils. Finally, we develop a pseudo-classical model to compute the spectrum obtained in saturated absorption spectroscopy and apply this to the D2-line in sodium atoms.