Coherent Control of Dressed Matter Waves

Year: 2009

Authors: Zenesini A., Lignier H., Ciampini D., Morsch O., Arimondo E.

Autors Affiliation: Dipartimento di Fisica “E. Fermi,” Università di Pisa, Largo Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, Italy; CNISM UdR Università di Pisa, Largo Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, Italy; CNR-INFM, Dipartimento di Fisica “E. Fermi,” Largo Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, Italy

Abstract: We demonstrate experimentally that matter waves can be coherently and adiabatically loaded and controlled in one-, two-, and three-dimensional strongly driven optical lattices. This coherent control is then used in order to reversibly induce the superfluid-Mott insulator phase transition by changing the strength of the driving. Our findings pave the way for studies of driven quantum systems and new methods for controlling matter waves.

Journal/Review: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS

Volume: 102 (10)      Pages from: 100403  to: 100403

More Information: Financial support by the EU-STREP \”OLAQUI\” and by a CNISM \”Progetto Innesco 2007\” is gratefully acknowledged. We thank J. Radogostowicz, C. Sias, and Y. Singh for assistance, and M. Holthaus and T. Esslinger for discussions and a careful reading of the manuscript.
KeyWords: Bose-Einstein condensation; optical lattices; quantum tunneling; insulator transition; ultracold atoms
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.100403

Citations: 241
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