Resonances of the Quantum $\delta$-Kicked Accelerator

Authors
Ramareddy, V.
Behinaein, G.
Talukdar, I.
We report the observation of high order resonances of the quantum $\delta$-kicked accelerator using a BEC kicked by a standing wave of light. The signature of these resonances is the existence of quantum accelerator modes. For the first time quantum accelerator modes were seen near 1/4 and 1/3 of the Talbot time. Using a BEC enabled us to study the detailed structure of the modes and resonances which are related to the fractional Talbot effect. We present a general theory for this system and apply it to predict the behavior of the accelerator modes.