Coherent cross talk and parametric driving of matter-wave vortices

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  2. Dr Nicholas Parker
  3. Dr Joy Allen
  4. Professor Carlo Barenghi
  5. Professor Nikolaos Proukakis
Author(s)Parker NG, Allen AJ, Barenghi CF, Proukakis NP
Publication type Article
JournalPhysical Review A
Year2012
Volume86
Issue1
Pages
ISSN (print)1050-2947
ISSN (electronic)1094-1622
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We show that the interaction between vortices and sound waves in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates can be elucidated in a double-well trap: With one vortex in each well, the sound emitted by each precessing vortex can be driven into the opposing vortex (if of the same polarity). This cross talk leads to a periodic exchange of energy between the vortices which is long range and highly efficient. The increase in vortex energy (obtained by simulations of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation) is experimentally observable as a migration of the vortex to higher density over just a few precession periods. Similar effects can be controllably engineered by introducing a precessing localized obstacle into one well as an artificial generator of sound, thereby demonstrating the parametric driving of energy into a vortex.
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.86.013631
DOI10.1103/PhysRevA.86.013631
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