Josephson junction arrays with Bose-Einstein condensates
Authors: Cataliotti F. S., Burger S., Fort C., Maddaloni P., Minardi F., Trombettoni A., Smerzi A., Inguscio M.
Autors Affiliation: European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) and Istituto Nationale per la Fisica della Materia (INFM), L.go E. Fermi 2, I-50125 Firenze, Italy;
Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze, L.go E. Fermi 2, I-50125 Firenze, Italy;
Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Padova, via F. Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova, Italy;
International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), via Beirut 2/4, I-34014 Trieste, Italy
Abstract: We report on the direct observation of an oscillating atomic current in a one-dimensional array of Josephson junctions realized with an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate. The array is created by a laser standing wave, with the condensates trapped in the valleys of the periodic potential and weakly coupled by the interwell barriers. The coherence of multiple tunneling between adjacent welts is continuously probed by atomic interference. The square of the small-amplitude oscillation frequency is proportional to the microscopic tunneling rate of each condensate through the barriers and provides a direct measurement of the Josephson critical current as a function of the intermediate barrier heights. Our superfluid array may allow investigation of phenomena so far inaccessible to superconducting Josephson junctions and lays a bridge between the condensate dynamics and the physics of discrete nonlinear media.
Volume: 293 (5531) Pages from: 843 to: 846
KeyWords: Arrays; Lasers; Microscopic examination; Oscillations; Superconducting materials, Oscillating atomic current, Josephson junction devices, condensate; current, article; conductor; liquid; magnetism; mathematical parameters; molecular dynamics; nonlinear system; oscillation; priority journal; quantum theoryDOI: 10.1126/science.1062612Citations: 750data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2023-12-03References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here