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Q: Fachverband Quantenoptik und Photonik

Q 21: Quantengase: Optische Gitter 1

Q 21.3: Vortrag

Dienstag, 13. März 2012, 11:00–11:15, V53.01

Klein-Tunneling of a Quasirelativistic Bose-Einstein Condensate in an Optical Lattice — •Christopher Grossert1, Tobias Salger1, Sebastian Kling1, Dirk Witthaut2, and Martin Weitz11Institut für Angewandte Physik, D- 53115 Bonn — 2Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, D-37073 Göttingen

A proof-of-principle experiment simulating effects predicted by relativistic wave equations with ultracold atoms in a bichromatic optical lattice that allows for a tailoring of the dispersion relation is reported [1]. In this lattice, for specific choices of the relativistic phases and amplitudes of the lattice harmonics the dispersion relation in the region between the first and the second excited band becomes linear, as known for ultrarelativistic particles. We have shown that the dynamics can be described by an effective one-dimensional Dirac equation [2].

We experimentally observe the analog of Klein-Tunneling, the penetration of relativistic particles through a potential barrier without the exponential damping that is characteristic for nonrelativistic quantum tunneling [3]. Both linear (relativistic) and quadratic (nonrelativistic) dispersion relations are investigated, and significant barrier transmission is only observed for the relativistic case.

[1] T. Salger et al.: Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 240401 (2011)
[2] D. Witthaut et al.: Phys. Rev. A 84 033601 (2011)
[3] O. Klein: Z.Physik 53 127 (1929)

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