Bistable Mott-insulator-to-superfluid phase transition in cavity optomechanics

W. Chen, K. Zhang, D. S. Goldbaum, M. Bhattacharya, P. Meystre

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We study the many-body state of ultracold bosons in a bistable optical lattice potential in an optomechanical resonator in the weak-coupling limit. Interesting physics arises as a result of bistability and discontinuous jumps in the cavity field. Of particular interest is the situation where the optical cavity is engineered so that a single input beam can result in two radically different stable ground states for the intracavity gas: superfluid and Mott insulator. Furthermore, the system we describe can be used as an adjustable template for investigating the coupling between cavity fields, nanomechanical systems operating in the quantum regime, and ultracold atomic gases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number011801
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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