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    • Solitons in Bose–Einstein condensates

      Radha Balakrishnan Indubala I Satija

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      The Gross–Pitaevskii equation (GPE) describing the evolution of the Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) order parameter for weakly interacting bosons supports dark solitons for repulsive interactions and bright solitons for attractive interactions. After a brief introduction to BEC and a general review of GPE solitons, we present our results on solitons that arise in the BEC of hard-core bosons, which is a system with strongly repulsive interactions. For a given background density, this system is found to support both a dark soliton and an antidark soliton (i.e., a bright soliton on a pedestal) for the density profile. When the background has more (less) holes than particles, the dark (antidark) soliton solution dies down as its velocity approaches the sound velocity of the system, while the antidark (dark) soliton persists all the way up to the sound velocity. This persistence is in contrast to the behaviour of the GPE dark soliton, which dies down at the Bogoliubov sound velocity. The energy–momentum dispersion relation for the solitons is shown to be similar to the exact quantum low-lying excitation spectrum found by Lieb for bosons with a delta-function interaction.

    • Solitons in a hard-core bosonic system: Gross–Pitaevskii type and beyond

      Radha Balakrishnan Indubala I Satija

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      We present a unified formulation to investigate solitons for all background densities in the Bose–Einstein condensate of a system of hard-core bosons with nearest-neighbour attractive interactions, using an extended Bose–Hubbard lattice model. We derive in detail the characteristics of the solitons supported in the continuum version, for the various cases possible. In general, two species of solitons appear: A nonpersistent (NP) type that fully delocalizes at its maximum speed and a persistent (P) type that survives even at its maximum speed. When the background condensate density is nonzero, both species coexist, the soliton is associated with a constant intrinsic frequency, and its maximum speed is the speed of sound. In contrast, when the background condensate density is zero, the system has neither a fixed frequency, nor a speed of sound. Here, the maximum soliton speed depends on the frequency, which can be tuned to lead to a cross-over between the NP-type and the P-type at a certain critical frequency, determined by the energy parameters of the system. We provide a single functional form for the soliton profile, from which diverse characteristics for various background densities can be obtained. Using mapping to spin systems enables us to characterize, in a unified fashion, the corresponding class of magnetic solitons in Heisenberg spin chains with different types of anisotropy.

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