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Universal prethermal dynamics of Bose gases quenched to unitarity

TitleUniversal prethermal dynamics of Bose gases quenched to unitarity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsEigen, C, Glidden, JAP, Lopes, R, Cornell, EA, Smith, RP, Hadzibabic, Z
Pagination221 - 224
Date Published2018-11
KeywordsBEC, degenerate gases, gas dynamics

Understanding strongly correlated phases of matter, such as the quark–gluon plasma and neutron stars, and in particular the dynamics of such systems, for example, following a Hamiltonian quench (a sudden change in some Hamiltonian parameter, such as the strength of interparticle interactions) is a fundamental challenge in modern physics. Ultracold atomic gases are excellent quantum simulators for these problems, owing to their tunable interparticle interactions and experimentally resolvable intrinsic timescales. In particular, they provide access to the unitary regime, in which the interactions are as strong as allowed by quantum mechanics. This regime has been extensively studied in Fermi gases. The less-explored unitary Bose gases offer possibilities such as universal physics controlled solely by the gas density and new forms of superfluidity. Here, through momentum- and time-resolved studies, we explore degenerate and thermal homogeneous Bose gases quenched to unitarity. In degenerate samples, we observe universal post-quench dynamics in agreement with the emergence of a prethermal state with a universal non-zero condensed fraction. In thermal gases, the dynamic and thermodynamic properties generally depend on the gas density and the temperature, but we find that they can still be expressed in terms of universal dimensionless functions. Surprisingly, we find that the total quench-induced correlation energy is independent of the gas temperature. These measurements provide quantitative benchmarks and challenges for the theory of unitary Bose gases.


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