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The effect of a Bose-Einstein Condensate on light

  1. Feb 21, 2010 #1
    The title sort of tells it. My question is, how is it that a Bose-Einstein condensate compresses and slows down the passage of light through it while keeping the light's quantum "information" such that the bean of light will exit the condensate and return to its normal coherency? I know that the actual speed of light is not affected by its passage through such a condensate but that light is simply forced to take a longer and more circuitous route to travel through it, but still how does that work given that a Bose-Einstein condensate is composed of overlapping wave-like atoms?
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