Journal article

Controlled vortex-sound interactions in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates.

NG Parker, NP Proukakis, CF Barenghi, CS Adams

Physical Review Letters | American Physical Society (APS) | Published : 2004

Abstract

The low temperature dynamics of a vortex in a trapped quasi-two-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensate are studied quantitatively. Precession of an off-centered vortex in a dimple trap, embedded in a weaker harmonic trap, leads to the emission of sound in a dipolar radiation pattern. Sound emission and reabsorption can be controlled by varying the depth of the dimple. In a shallow dimple, the power emitted is proportional to the vortex acceleration-squared over the precession frequency, whereas for a deep dimple, periodic sound reabsorption stabilizes the vortex against radiation-induced decay.

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