Quantum phase transitions of atom-molecule Bose mixtures in a double-well potential



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Relaño Pérez, Armando and Dukelsky, J. and Pérez Fernández, P. and Arias, J. M. (2014) Quantum phase transitions of atom-molecule Bose mixtures in a double-well potential. Physical review E, 90 (4). ISSN 1539-3755

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Official URL: http://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevE.90.042139


The ground state and spectral properties of Bose gases in double-well potentials are studied in two different scenarios: (i) an interacting atomic Bose gas, and (ii) a mixture of an atomic gas interacting with diatomic molecules. A ground state second-order quantum phase transition is observed in both scenarios. For large attractive values of the atom-atom interaction, the ground state is degenerate. For repulsive and small attractive interaction, the ground state is not degenerate and is well approximated by a boson coherent state. Both systems depict an excited state quantum phase transition. In both cases, a critical energy separates a region in which all the energy levels are degenerate in pairs, from another region in which there are no degeneracies. For the atomic system, the critical point displays a singularity in the density of states, whereas this behavior is largely smoothed for the mixed atom-molecule system.

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©2014 American Physical Society. This work is has been partially supported by the Spanish MINECO Grants No. FIS2012-35316, No. FIS2012-34479, and No. FIS2011-28738-c02-01, by Junta de Andalucía under group number FQM-160 and Project P11-FQM-7632, and by the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 Programme CPAN (CSD2007-00042).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Double-well potential; Quantum phase transitions
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Thermodynamics
ID Code:29017
Deposited On:10 Mar 2015 18:50
Last Modified:10 Mar 2015 18:50

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