Europhys. Lett.
Volume 67, Number 6, September 2004
Page(s) 887 - 892
Section General
Published online 01 September 2004
Europhys. Lett., 67 (6), pp. 887-892 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10140-7

Bogoliubov speed of sound for a dilute Bose-Einstein condensate in a 3d optical lattice

D. Boers, C. Weiss and M. Holthaus

Institut für Physik, Carl von Ossietzky Universität - D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany

(Received 12 May 2004; accepted in final form 8 July 2004)

We point out that the velocity of propagation of sound wavepackets in a Bose-Einstein condensate filling a three-dimensional cubic optical lattice undergoes a maximum with increasing lattice depth. For a realistic choice of parameters, the maximum sound velocity in a lattice condensate can exceed the sound velocity in a homogeneous condensate with the same average density by 30%. The maximum falls into the superfluid regime, and should be observable under currently achievable laboratory conditions.

03.75.Lm - Tunneling, Josephson effect, Bose-Einstein condensates in periodic potentials, solitons, vortices and topological excitations.
03.75.Kk - Dynamic properties of condensates; collective and hydrodynamic excitations, superfluid flow.
05.30.Jp - Boson systems.

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