Creating two-dimensional bright solitons in dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates

Patrick Köberle, Damir Zajec, Günter Wunner, Boris A. Malomed

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We propose a realistic experimental setup for creating quasi-two- dimensional (2D) bright solitons in dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs), the existence of which was proposed by Tikhonenkov. A challenging feature of the expected solitons is their strong inherent anisotropy due to the necessary in-plane orientation of the local moments in the dipolar gas. This may be the first chance of making multidimensional matter-wave solitons, as well as solitons featuring the anistropy due to their intrinsic dynamics. Our analysis is based on the extended Gross-Pitaevskii equation, which includes three-body losses and noise in the scattering length, induced by fluctuations of currents inducing the necessary magnetic fields, which are factors crucial to the adequate description of experimental conditions. By means of systematic three-dimensional (3D) simulations, we find a ramping scenario for the change of the scattering length and trap frequencies which results in the creation of robust solitons, that readily withstand the concomitant excitation of the condensate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023630
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 24 Feb 2012


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