Transcritical flow of a Bose-Einstein condensate through a penetrable barrier

A. M. Leszczyszyn, G. A. El, Yu G. Gladush, A. M. Kamchatnov

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Abstract

The problem of the transcritical flow of a Bose-Einstein condensate through a wide repulsive penetrable barrier is studied analytically using the combination of the locally steady "hydraulic" solution of the one-dimensional Gross-Pitaevskii equation and the solutions of the Whitham modulation equations describing the resolution of the upstream and downstream discontinuities through dispersive shocks. It is shown that within the physically reasonable range of parameters, the downstream dispersive shock is attached to the barrier and effectively represents the train of very slow dark solitons, which can be observed in experiments. The rate of the soliton emission, the amplitudes of the solitons in the train, and the drag force are determined in terms of the Bose-Einstein condensate oncoming flow velocity and the strength of the potential barrier. Good agreement with direct numerical solutions is demonstrated. Connection with recent experiments is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063608
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume79
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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