University of Birmingham > Talks@bham > Cold Atoms > From localization to coherence: A tunable Bose-Einstein condensate in disordered potentials

From localization to coherence: A tunable Bose-Einstein condensate in disordered potentials

Add to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal

  • UserBen Deissler (LENS, Florence)
  • ClockMonday 26 April 2010, 15:00-16:00
  • HousePhysics East 217.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Vincent Boyer.

Anderson localization of ultracold atoms in disordered optical lattices, i.e. the transition from extended to exponentially localized states, was recently demonstrated for non-interacting samples. With the addition of atomic interactions, such a system becomes more complicated and is more difficult to describe theoretically. The effects of the disorder are expected to be gradually suppressed by repulsive interactions, and the possibility of different quantum phases arises. We employ a Bose-Einstein condensate of potassium, where the interaction can be tuned from negligible to large values via a Feshbach resonance and use a quasi-periodic lattice potential as a model of a controllable disordered system. This allows us to study the interplay of disorder and repulsive interactions in detail. We characterize the entire delocalization crossover through the study of the average local shape of the wavefunction, the spatial correlations, and the phase coherence. Three different regimes are identified and compared with theoretical expectations: an exponentially localized Anderson glass, the formation of locally coherent fragments, as well as a coherent, extended state.

This talk is part of the Cold Atoms series.

Tell a friend about this talk:

This talk is included in these lists:

Note that ex-directory lists are not shown.


Talks@bham, University of Birmingham. Contact Us | Help and Documentation | Privacy and Publicity.
talks@bham is based on from the University of Cambridge.