Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Deborah Jin

Second Advisor

Jun Ye

Third Advisor

Lynn Nichols

Fourth Advisor

Eric Cornell


A 85Rb Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) is an ideal experimental tool for studying strongly interacting quantum many-body systems. In our experiment we measure the size of the BEC by analyzing images of the BEC. Unfortunately our current imaging resolution limits our ability to make accurate measurements of the BEC size in-situ. In this thesis I will describe my work to improve the imaging resolution of our experimental system, which resulted in the implementation and testing of a new and improved imaging system. I will also outline some of the novel physics we plan to investigate with the new capability to accurately image the BEC in-situ.