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We report observations of vortex formation as a result of merging together multiple ^87Rb Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) in a confining potential. In this experiment, a trapping potential is partitioned into three sections by a barrier, enabling the simultaneous formation of three independent, uncorrelated condensates. The three condensates then merge together into one BEC, either by removal of the barrier, or during the final stages of evaporative cooling if the barrier energy is low enough;doi:10.1103/physrevlett.98.110402 pmid:17501028 fatcat:vds3z7acobazfibjy6pq7vmvfi