Europhys. Lett.
Volume 67, Number 5, September 2004
Page(s) 721 - 727
Section General
Published online 01 August 2004
Europhys. Lett., 67 (5), pp. 721-727 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10115-8

Controlling ultracold atoms in multi-band optical lattices for simulation of Kondo physics

L.-M. Duan

FOCUS center and MCTP, Department of Physics University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

(Received 20 April 2004; accepted in final form 16 June 2004)

We show that ultracold atoms can be controlled in multi-band optical lattices through spatially periodic Raman pulses for investigation of a class of strongly correlated physics related to the Kondo problem. The underlying dynamics of this system is described by a spin-dependent fermionic or bosonic Kondo-Hubbard lattice model even if we have only spin-independent atomic collision interaction. We solve the bosonic Kondo-Hubbard lattice model through a mean-field approximation, and the result shows a clear phase transition from the ferromagnetic superfluid to the Kondo-singlet insulator at the integer filling.

03.75.Mn - Multicomponent condensates; spinor condensates.
03.75.Lm - Tunneling, Josephson effect, Bose-Einstein condensates in periodic potentials, solitons, vortices and topological excitations.
03.75.Ss - Degenerate Fermi gases.

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