Suppression of Kelvon-induced decay of quantized vortices in oblate Bose-Einstein condensates

S. J. Rooney, P. B. Blakie, B. P. Anderson, A. S. Bradley

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We study the Kelvin mode excitations on a vortex line in a three-dimensional trapped Bose-Einstein condensate at finite temperature. Our stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii simulations show that the activation of these modes can be suppressed by tightening the confinement along the direction of the vortex line, leading to a strong suppression in the vortex decay rate as the system enters a regime of two-dimensional vortex dynamics. As the system approaches the condensation transition temperature, we find that the vortex decay rate is strongly sensitive to dimensionality and temperature, observing a large enhancement for quasi-two-dimensional traps. Three-dimensional simulations of the recent vortex dipole decay experiment of Neely confirm two-dimensional vortex dynamics and predict a dipole lifetime consistent with experimental observations and suppression of Kelvon-induced vortex decay in highly oblate condensates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023637
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 29 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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