Term of Award
Master of Science in Mathematics (M.S.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
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Committee Member 2
This thesis describes a set of tools that can be used for the rapid design of atom interferometer schemes suitable for measuring Newton's Universal Gravitation constant also known as "Big G". This tool set is especially applicable to Bose--Einstein--condensed systems present in NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory experiment to be deployed to the International Space Station in 2017. These tools include a method of approximating the solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger or Gross--Pitaevskii equation (GPE) using the Lagrangian Variational Method. They also include a set of software tools for translating the approximate solutions of the GPE into images of the optical density into a format suitable for visualization with sterographic (3D) movies played back through a virtual--reality headset.
Wells, Ed Wesley, "Stereographic Visualization of Bose-Einstein Condensate Clouds to Measure the Gravitational Constant" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1436.
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