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  • Internal decoherence in nano-object interferometry due to phonons
    Carsten Henkel, Ron Folman, invited to a special issue in honor of Roger Penrose, selected by the editors as a featured article.
    AVS Quantum Science (2022)

  • Constructing nano-object quantum superpositions with a Stern-Gerlach interferometer
    Ryan J. Marshman, Anupam Mazumdar, Ron Folman, Sougato Bose.
    Physical Review Research (2022)

  • Role of rotations in Stern-Gerlach interferometry with massive objects
    Yonathan Japha, Ron Folman


  • Unified model of matter-wave-packet evolution and application to spatial coherence of atom interferometers
    Yonathan Japha
    Physical Review A (2021)

  • Multi-pass guided atomic Sagnac interferometer for high-performance rotation sensing
    Samuel Moukouri, Yonathan Japha, Mark Keil, Tal David, David Groswasser, Menachem Givon, Ron Folman

  • Stern-Gerlach Interferometry with the Atom Chip
    M.Keil, Shimon Machluf, Yair Margalit, Zhifan Zhou, Omer Amit, Or Dobkowski, Yonathan Japha, Samuel Moukouri, Daniel Rohrlich, Zina Binstock, Yaniv Bar-Haim, Menachem Givon, David Groswasser, Yigal Meir, Ron Folman.

    Published in a book in Honor of Otto Stern(Springer)

  • Observation of Anomalous Moiré Patterns
    Omer Amit, Or Dobkowski, Zhifan Zhou, Yair Margalit, Yonathan Japha, Samuel Moukouri, Yigal Meir, Baruch Horovitz, Ron Folman.

  • Countering a fundamental law of attraction with quantum wavepacket engineering
    Gal Amit, Yonathan Japha, Tomer Shushi, Ron Folman, Eliahu Cohen.

  • Realization of a complete Stern-Gerlach interferometer: Towards a test of quantum gravity
    Yair Margalit, Or Dobkowski, Zhifan Zhou, Omer Amit, Yonathan Japha, Samuel Moukouri, Daniel Rohrlich, Anupam Mazumdar, Sougato Bose, Carsten Henkel, Ron Folman.
    Science Advances(2021)


  • Atom Chips and Hybrid Quantum Systems
    C. Hufnagel, M. Keil, A. Günther, R. Folman, J. Fortagh, R. Dumke.

    Printed in AVS Quantum Science, in the book: Roadmap on Atomtronics: State of the art and perspective. (link)

  • An experimental test of the geodesic rule proposition for the non-cyclic geometric phase
    Zhifan Zhou, Yair Margalit, Samuel Moukouri, Yigal Meir, Ron Folman.
    Science Advances (2020)


  • T3 Stern-Gerlach matter-wave interferometer
    O. Amit, Y. Margalit, O. Dobkowski, Z. Zhou, Y. Japha, M. Zimmermann, M. A. Efremov, F. A. Narducci, E. M. Rasel, W. P. Schleich, R. Folman.
    Physical Review Letters (2019)

  • Analysis of a high-stability Stern-Gerlach spatial fringe interferometer
    Margalit, Yair; Zhou, Zhifan ; Machluf, Shimon; Japha, Yonathan; Moukouri, Samuel; Folman, Ron.
    New Journal of Physics (2019)

  • Stern-Gerlach splitting of low-energy ion beams
    Carsten Henkel, Georg Jacob, Felix Stopp, Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, Mark Keil, Yonathan Japha, Ron Folman.
    New Journal of Physics (2019)


  • Color centers in diamond as novel probes of superconductivity
    Victor M. Acosta, Louis S. Bouchard, Dmitry Budker, Ron Folman, Till Lenz, Patrick Maletinsky, Dominik Rohner, Yechezkel Schlussel, Lucas Thiel.
    Review paper
    Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism (JOSC)(2018)

  • Probing the origins of inhomogeneous broadening in nitrogen-vacancy centers with Doppler-free-type spectroscopy
    Y. Rosenzweig, Y. Schlussel, and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. B 98, 014112 (2018)

  • Wide-field imaging of superconducting vortices with electron spins in diamond
    Yechezkel Schlussel,Till Lenz,Dominik Rohner,Yaniv Bar-Haim,Lykourgos Bougas,David Groswasser, Michael Kieschnick, Evgeny Rozenberg, Lucas Tiel, Amir Waxman, Jan Meijer, Patrick Maletinsky, Dmitry Budker & Ron Folman.
    Phys. Rev. Applied 10, 034032 (2018)

  • Survival of the fittest in the coherent evolution of quantum ensembles
    G. Liu, O. Be'er, Y. Margalit, M. Givon, D. Groswasser, Y. Japha, R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. A 98, 013856 (2018)

  • Quantum complementarity of clocks in the context of general relativity
    Zhifan Zhou, Yair Margalit, Daniel Rohrlich, Yonathan Japha, Ron Folman
    Classical and Quantum Gravity, 35, 185003 (2018)
  • Realization of a complete Stern-Gerlach interferometer
    Yair Margalit, Zhifan Zhou, Or Dobkowski, Yonathan Japha, Daniel Rohrlich, Samuel Moukouri, Ron Folman


  • Using a quantum work meter to test non-equilibrium fluctuation theorems
    Federico Cerisola, Yair Margalit, Shimon Machluf, Augusto J. Roncaglia, Juan Pablo Paz & Ron Folman
    Nature communications 8:1241 (2017).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Investigation of two-frequency Paul traps for antihydrogen production
    N. Leefer, K. Krimmel, W. Bertsche, D. Budker, J. Fajans, R. Folman, H. Haeffner, and F. Schmidt-Kaler
    Hyperfine Interact 238:12 (2017).
    Abstract, Full paper


  • Fifteen years of cold matter on the atom chip: Promise, realizations and prospects
    M. Keil, O. Amit, S. Zhou, D. Groswasser, Y. Japha, and R. Folman
    J. Modern Optics 63, 1840 (2016).
    Invited review paper for a special issue on 20 years of BEC
    Abstract, Full paper, (25MB) arXiv paper (2MB, with reference links)

  • Robust spatial coherence 5µm from a room temperature atom-chip
    S. Zhou, D. Groswasser, M. Keil, Y. Japha, R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. A 93, 063615 (2016).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Suppression and enhancement of decoherence in an atomic Josephson junction
    Y. Japha, S. Zhou, M. Keil, R. Folman, C. Henkel, and A. Vardi
    New J. Phys. 18, 055008 (2016).
    Abstract, Full paper


  • A self-interfering clock as a “which path” witness
    Y. Margalit, Z. Zhou, S. Machluf, D. Rohrlich, Y. Japha, R. Folman
    arXiv:1505.05765 [quant-ph]
    Science 349, 1205(2015)
    Perspective published in Science
    Full paper


  • Magnetic-film atom chip with 10 μm period lattices of microtraps for quantum information science with Rydberg atoms
    V. Y. F. Leung, D. R. M. Pijn, H. Schlatter, L. Torralbo-Campo, A. L. La Rooij, G. B. Mulder, J. Naber, M. L. Soudijn, A. Tauschinsky, C. Abarbanel, B. Hadad, E. Golan, R. Folman and R. J. C. Spreeuw
    Rev. Sci. Instrum. 85, 053102 (2014)
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Phase space tomography of cold-atoms dynamics in a weakly corrugated potential
    S. Zhou, J. Chabé, R. Salem, T. David, D. Groswasser, M. Keil, Y. Japha, R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. A 90, 033620, arXiv:1403.3432 [quant-ph]
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Microwave saturation spectroscopy of nitrogen-vacancy ensembles in diamond
    P. Kehayias, M. Mrózek, V.M. Acosta, A. Jarmola, D.S. Rudnicki, R. Folman, W. Gawlik, D. Budker
    Phys. Rev. B 89, 245202, arXiv:1403.2119 [physics.optics]
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Trapping neutral atoms in the field of a vortex pinned by a superconducting nano-disc
    V. Sokolovsky, D. Rohrlich, B. Horovitz
    Phys. Rev. A 89, 053422, arXiv:1402.6153 [physics.atom-ph]
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Diamond Magnetometry of Superconducting Thin Films
    A. Waxman, H. Schlussel, D. Groswasser, V.M. Acosta, L.-S. Bouchard, D. Budker, R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. B 89, 054509, arXiv:1308.2689 (2014) 
    Abstract, Full paper


  • Coherent Stern–Gerlach momentum splitting on an atom chip 
  • S. Machluf, Y. Japha, R. Folman
    Nature Communications 4, 2424 (2013)
  • Magic frequencies in atom-light interaction for precision probing of the density matrix
    Menachem Givon, Yair Margalit, Amir Waxman, Tal David, David
    Groswasser, Yonathan Japha, Ron Folman
    arXiv:1306.1151 [quant-ph] (Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 053004 (2013)).
    Chosen by PRL as the Editor’s suggestion
    Paper synopsis on the APS exceptional research website.
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Anomalous second order coherence and g complementarity
    R. Folman
    Invited talk for SPIE 2013
    Abstract, Full paper

  • On the possibility of a relativistic correction to the E and B fields around a current-carrying wire
    R. Folman
    J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 437 012013 (2013),http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-6596/437/1/012013,
    arXiv:1109.2586 [physics.class-ph]; talk given at the IARD 2012, 8th Biennial Conference on Classical and Quantum Relativistic Dynamics of Particles and Fields, May 2012, Florence, Italy
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Damping of local Rabi oscillations in the presence of thermal motion
    A. Daniel, R. Agou, O. Amit, D. Groswasser, Y. Japha and R. Folman
    arXiv:1208.1396 [physics.quant-ph] (Phys. Rev. A 87, 063402 (2013)).
    Abstract, Full paper


  • Two-particle quantum transmission
    R. Folman
    (Invited paper) Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8518, 8518 0H (2012) arXiv:1201.3111 [physics.quant-ph]
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Material Science for Quantum Computing with Atom Chips
    R. Folman
    In "Quantum Information Processing with Neutral Atoms", A special issue of the journal of quantum information processing
    Eds: Ron Folman and Howard Brandt
    Quantum Information Processing 10 (6), 995 (2011), arXiv:1108.3803 [quant-ph].
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Fabrication of atom chips
    R. Folman, P. Treutlein and J. Schmiedmayer
    Chapter in "Atom Chips" (Book by Wiley-VCH), Eds. Vladan Vuletic and Jakob Reichel.
    Full chapter

  • Designing spin-spin interactions with one and two dimensional ion crystals in planar micro traps
    J. Welzel, A. Bautista-Salvador, C. Abarbanel, V. Wineman-Fisher, C. Wunderlich, R. Folman and F. Schmidt-Kaler
    Eur. Phys. J. D (2011).
    Full paper

  • Ground state and excitations of a Bose gas: From a harmonic trap to a double well
    Y. Japha and Y. B. Band
    Phys. Rev. A 84, 033630 (2011).
    Abstract, Full paper
2010 2009
  • Retroreflecting polarization spectroscopy enabling miniaturization
    D. Groswasser, A. Waxman, M. Givon, G. Aviv, Y. Japha, M. Keil and R. Folman
    Rev. Sci. Instrum. 80, 093103 (2009).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Superconducting atom chips: advantages and challenges
    V. Dikovsky, V. Sokolovsky, Bo Zhang, C. Henkel and R. Folman
    Eur. Phys. J. D 51, 247-259 (2009).
    Full paper

  • Trapping cold atoms using surface-grown carbon nanotubes
    P. G. Petrov, S. Machluf, S. Younis, R. Macaluso, T. David, B. Hadad, Y. Japha, M. Keil, E. Joselevich and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. A 79, 043403 (2009).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Modulation enhancement of a laser diode in an external cavity
    A. Waxman, M. Givon, G. Aviv, D. Groswasse and R. Folman
    Applied Physics B 95, 301-305 (2009).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Long-Range Order in Electronic Transport Through Disordered Metal Films
    S. Aigner, L. Della Pietra, Y. Japha, O. Entin-Wohlman, T. David, R. Salem, R. Folman and J. Schmiedmayer
    Science 319, 1226 (2008).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Model for Organized Current Patterns in Disordered Conductors
    Y. Japha, O. Entin-Wohlman, T. David, R. Salem, S. Aigner, J. Schmiedmayer and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. B 77, 201407(R) (2008).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Magnetic interactions of cold atoms with anisotropic conductors
    T David, Y Japha, V Dikovsky, R Salem, C Henkel and R Folman
    Eur. Phys. J. D 48, 321 (2008).
    selected as a Highlight paper in the European Physical Journal D.
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Using time-reversal symmetry for sensitive incoherent matter-wave Sagnac interferometry
    Y. Japha, O. Arzouan, Y. Avishai and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 060402 (2007).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Design of microcavity resonators for single-atom detection
    M. Rosenblit, P. Horak, E. Fleminger, Y. Japha and R. Folman
    J. Nanophoton. 1, 011670 (2007), Special issue.
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Simultaneous optical trapping and detection of atoms by microdisk resonators
    M. Rosenblit, Y. Japha, P. Horak and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. A 73, 063805 (2006).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Interference Swapping in Scattering from a Nonlocal Quantum Target
    D. Rohrlich, Y. Neiman, Y. Japha and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 173601 (2006).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Reduction of Magnetic Noise in Atom Chips by Material Optimization
    V. Dikovsky, Y. Japha, C. Henkel and R. Folman
    Eur. Phys. J. D. 35, 87 (2005), Special issue on atom chips.
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Two-wire guides and traps with vertical bias fields on atom chips
    K. Brugger, P. Krueger, X. Luo, S. Wildermuth, H. Gimpel, M. W. Klein, S. Groth, R. Folman, I. Bar-Joseph and J. Schmiedmayer
    Phys. Rev. A 72, 023607 (2005).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Optimized magneto-optical trap for experiments with ultracold atoms near surfaces
    S. Wildermuth, P. Krueger, C.Becker, M. Brajdic, S. Haupt, A. Kasper R. Folman and J. Schmiedmayer
    Phys. Rev. A 69, 030901(R) (2004).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Atom fiber for omnidirectional guiding of cold neutral atoms
    X. Luo, P. Krueger, K. Brugger, S. Wildermuth, H. Gimpel, M. W. Klein, S. Groth, R. Folman, I. Bar-Joseph and J. Schmiedmayer
    Optics Letters 29, 2145 (2004).
    Full paper

  • Optical discrimination between spatial decoherence and thermalization of a massive object
    C. Henkel, M. Nest, P. Domokos and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. A 70, 023810 (2004).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Atom Chips: Fabrication and Thermal Properties
    S. Groth, P. Krueger, S. Wildermuth, R. Folman, T. Fernholz, D. Mahalu, I. Bar-Joseph and J. Schmiedmayer
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 2980 (2004).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Single-atom detection using whispering gallery modes of microdisk resonators
    M. Rosenblit, P. Horak, S. Helsby and R. Folman
    Phys. Rev. A 70, 053808 (2004).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Possibility of single-atom detection on a chip
    P. Horak, B.G. Klappauf, A. Haase, R. Folman, J. Schmiedmayer P. Domokos and E.A. Hinds
    Phys. Rev. A 67, 043806 (2003).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Fundamental limits for coherent manipulation on atom chips
    C. Henkel, P. Krueger, R. Folman and J. Schmiedmayer
    Applied Physics B 76, 173 (2003).
    Abstract, Full paper

  • Trapping and manipulating neutral atoms with electrostatic fields
    P. Krueger, X. Luo, M. W. Klein, K. Brugger, A. Haase, S. Wildermuth, S. Groth, I. Bar-Joseph, R. Folman and J. Schmiedmayer
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 233201 (2003).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Microscopic atom optics: from wires to an atom chip
    R. Folman, P. Krueger, J. Schmiedmayer, J. Denschlag and C. Henkel
    Adv. At. Mol. Opt. Phys. Vol. 48, 263 (2002).
    Full paper

  • Multimode Interferometer for Guided Matter Waves
    E. Andersson, T. Calarco, R. Folman, M. Andersson, B. Hessmo and J. Schmiedmayer
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 100401 (2002).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Bose–Einstein condensates: Mastering the language of atoms
    R. Folman and J. Schmiedmayer
    Nature 413, 466-467 (2001).
    Abstract, Full paper
  • Controlling cold atoms using nanofabricated surfaces: Atom Chips
    R. Folman, P. Krueger, D. Cassettari, B. Hessmo, T. Maier and J. Schmiedmayer
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 4749 (2000).
    Abstract, Full paper