Asymmetric Landau-Zener tunneling in a periodic potential
Authors: Jona-Lasinio M., Morsch O., Cristiani M., Malossi N., Mueller J.H., Courtade E., Anderlini M., Arimondo E.
Autors Affiliation: INFM, Dipartimento di Fisica E. Fermi, Università di Pisa, Via Buonarroti 2, I-56127 Pisa, Italy
Abstract: Using a simple model for nonlinear Landau-Zener tunneling between two energy bands of a Bose-Einstein condensate in a periodic potential, we find that the tunneling rates for the two directions of tunneling are not the same. Tunneling from the ground state to the excited state is enhanced by the nonlinearity, whereas in the opposite direction it is suppressed. These findings are confirmed by numerical simulations of the condensate dynamics. Measuring the tunneling rates for a condensate of rubidium atoms in an optical lattice, we have found experimental evidence for this asymmetry.
Journal/Review: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
Volume: 91 (23) Pages from: 230406-1 to: 230406-4
KeyWords: Bose-Einstein condensation; Optical lattices; Landau-Zener tunnelingDOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.230406Citations: 156data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2023-05-21References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here