Suppression of quantum-mechanical collapse in bosonic gases with intrinsic repulsion: A brief review

Boris A. Malomed*

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Abstract

It is known that attractive potential ∼−1/r2 gives rise to the critical quantum collapse in the framework of the three-dimensional (3D) linear Schrödinger equation. This article summarizes theoretical analysis, chiefly published in several original papers, which demonstrates suppression of the collapse caused by this potential, and the creation of the otherwise missing ground state in a 3D gas of bosonic dipoles pulled by the same potential to the central charge, with repulsive contact interactions between them, represented by the cubic term in the respective Gross–Pitaevskii equation (GPE). In two dimensions (2D), quintic self-repulsion is necessary for the suppression of the collapse; alternatively, this may be provided by the effective quartic repulsion produced by the Lee–Huang–Yang correction to the GPE. 3D states carrying angular momentum are constructed in the model with the symmetry reduced from spherical to cylindrical by an external polarizing field. Interplay of the collapse suppression and miscibility–immiscibility transition is considered in a binary condensate. The consideration of the 3D setting in the form of the many-body quantum system, with the help of the Monte Carlo method, demonstrates that, although the quantum collapse cannot be fully suppressed, the self-trapped states predicted by the GPE exist in the many-body setting as metastable modes protected against the collapse by a tall potential barrier.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalCondensed Matter
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Bose–Einstein condensate
  • Gross–Pitaevskii equation
  • Ground state
  • Mean-field approximation
  • Monte–Carlo method
  • Quantum anomaly
  • Quantum phase transitions
  • Self-trapping
  • Thomas–Fermi approximation

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