Dresden 2011 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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A: Fachverband Atomphysik

A 10: Ultra-cold atoms, ions and BEC II (with Q)

A 10.6: Vortrag

Dienstag, 15. März 2011, 11:45–12:00, BAR 106

Correlated phases of bosons in tilted, frustrated lattices — •Susanne Pielawa, Takuya Kitagawa, Erez Berg, and Subir Sachdev — Physics Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

The search for correlated quantum phases of cold atoms in optical lattices has focused mainly on entangling the spin degrees of freedom on different lattice sites. We show that there are also rich possibilities for correlated phases in the density sector, and these are likely to be readily accessible by tilting Mott insulators into metastable states. It has been previously shown that a Mott insulator in a potential gradient undergoes an Ising quantum phase transition when the potential drop per lattice spacing is close to the repulsive interaction energy [1]. Here we theoretically study bosons in tilted, frustrated, two-dimensional lattices. The phases we find include phases with charge density order, a sliding Luttinger liquid phase, and a liquid-like ground state with no broken lattice symmetry.

[1] S. Sachdev, K. Sengupta, and S. M. Girvin, Phys. Rev. B 66, 075128 (2002).

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