Creation of gap solitons in Bose-Einstein condensates

O. Zobay, S. Pötting, P. Meystre, E. M. Wright

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We discuss a method to launch gap solitonlike structures in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates confined in optical traps. Bright vector solitons consisting of a superposition of two hyperfine Zeeman sublevels can be created for both attractive and repulsive interactions between the atoms. Their formation relies on the dynamics of the atomic internal ground states in two far-off-resonance counterpropagating [Formula Presented]-polarized laser beams that form the optical trap. Numerical simulations show that these solitons can be prepared from a one-component state provided with an initial velocity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-648
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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