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Realizing bright-matter-wave-soliton collisions with controlled relative phase.

Billam, T. P. and Cornish, S. L. and Gardiner, S. A. (2011) 'Realizing bright-matter-wave-soliton collisions with controlled relative phase.', Physical review A., 83 (4). 041602.

Abstract

We propose a method to split the ground state of an attractively interacting atomic Bose-Einstein condensate into two bright solitary waves with controlled relative phase and velocity. We analyze the stability of these waves against their subsequent recollisions at the center of a cylindrically symmetric, prolate harmonic trap as a function of relative phase, velocity, and trap anisotropy. We show that the collisional stability is strongly dependent on relative phase at low velocity, and we identify previously unobserved oscillations in the collisional stability as a function of the trap anisotropy. An experimental implementation of our method would determine the validity of the mean-field description of bright solitary waves and could prove to be an important step toward atom interferometry experiments involving bright solitary waves.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Published Version (594Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.83.041602
Publisher statement:©2011 American Physical Society
Record Created:03 May 2011 12:26
Last Modified:04 May 2011 13:20

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