Volume 87, Number 5, September 2009
Article Number 56004
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 23 September 2009
EPL, 87 (2009) 56004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/87/56004

Two atomic quantum dots interacting via coupling to BECs

A. Posazhennikova1, 2 and W. Belzig1

1   Fachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz - D-78457, Konstanz, Germany, EU
2   Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bonn - Nussallee 12, D-53115, Bonn, Germany, EU

received 19 February 2009; accepted in final form 31 August 2009; published September 2009
published online 23 September 2009

We consider a system of three weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates and two atomic quantum dots embedded in the barriers between the condensates. Each dot is coupled to two neighboring condensates by optical transitions and can be described as a two-state system, or a pseudospin 1/2. Although there is no direct coupling between the dots, an effective interaction between the pseudospins is induced due to their coupling to the condensate reservoirs. We investigate this effective interaction, depending on the strengths of the dot-condensate coupling T and the direct coupling J between the condensates. In particular, we show that an initially ferromagnetic arrangement of the two pseudospins stays intact even for large T/J. However, antiferromagnetically aligned spins undergo peculiar “breathing” modes for weak coupling T/J < 1, while for strong coupling the behaviour of the spins becomes uncorrelated.

67.85.-d - Ultracold gases, trapped gases.
67.85.Jk - Other Bose-Einstein condensation phenomena.
67.85.De - Dynamic properties of condensates; excitations, and superfluid flow.

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