Delocalization of a disordered bosonic system by repulsive interactions
Authors: Deissler B., Zaccanti M., Roati G., D’Errico C., Fattori M., Modugno M., Modugno G., Inguscio M.
Autors Affiliation: LENS and Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Firenze, and CNR – Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy; Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche ‘E. Fermi’, 00184 Roma, Italy
Abstract: Clarifying the interplay of interactions and disorder is fundamental to the understanding of many quantum systems, including superfluid helium in porous media, granular and thin-film superconductors and light propagating in disordered media. One central aspect for bosonic systems is the competition between disorder, which tends to localize particles, and weak repulsive interactions, which instead have a delocalizing effect. As the required degree of independent control of disorder and of interactions is not easily achievable in most available physical systems, a systematic experimental investigation of this competition has not so far been possible. Here we use a degenerate Bose gas with tunable repulsive interactions in a quasiperiodic lattice potential to study this interplay 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 and the formation of locally coherent fragments as well as a coherent, extended state. These results provide insight into the role of weak repulsive interactions in disordered bosonic systems, but our approach should also enable investigations of disordered systems with interactions in the strongly correlated regime.
Journal/Review: NATURE PHYSICS
Volume: 6 (5) Pages from: 354 to: 358
More Information: We thank B. Altshuler and M. Larcher for discussions, S. Muller for experimental contributions and all the colleagues of the Quantum Gases group at LENS. This work has been supported by the EU (MEIF-CT-2004-009939), by the ESA (SAI 20578/07/NL/UJ), by the ERC through the Starting Grant QUPOL and by the ESF and INO-CNR through the EuroQUASAR program.KeyWords: Anderson localization; Insulator transition; Lattices; Gases; MediaDOI: 10.1038/NPHYS1635Citations: 216data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2022-12-04References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here