Thermalisation paper published!

We experimentally and numerically investigate thermalization processes of a trapped 87Rb Bose gas, initially prepared in a nonequilibrium state through partial Bragg diffraction of a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). The system evolves in a Gaussian potential, where we observe the destruction of the BEC due to collisions and subsequent growth of a new condensed fraction in an oscillating reference frame. Furthermore, we occasionally observe the presence of defects, which we identify as gray solitons. We simulate the evolution of our system using the truncated Wigner method and compare the outcomes with our experimental results.

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