Dynamics and symmetries of a repulsively bound atom pair in an infinite optical lattice

Andreas Deuchert, Kaspar Sakmann, Alexej I. Streltsov, Ofir E. Alon, Lorenz S. Cederbaum

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We investigate the dynamics of two bosons trapped in an infinite one-dimensional optical lattice potential within the framework of the Bose-Hubbard model and derive an exact expression for the wave function at finite time. As initial condition we chose localized atoms that are separated by a distance of d lattice sites and carry a center-of-mass quasimomentum. An initially localized pair (d=0) is found to be more stable as quantified by the pair probability (probability to find two atoms at the same lattice site) when the interaction and/or the center-of-mass quasimomentum is increased. For initially separated atoms (d*0) there exists an optimal interaction strength for pair formation. Simple expressions for the wave function, the pair probability, and the optimal interaction strength for pair formation are computed in the limit of infinite time. Whereas the time-dependent wave function differs for values of the interaction strength that differ only by the sign, important observables such as the density and the pair probability do not. With a symmetry analysis this behavior is shown to extend to the N-particle level and to fermionic systems. Our results provide a complementary understanding of the recently observed dynamical stability of atom pairs in a repulsively interacting lattice gas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013618
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 16 Jul 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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