Considering the hurdles of experiments with more than one atomic species, the temptation arises of rephrasing Arthur L. Schawlow: "Double-species Bose-Einstein condensates are condensates with one species too many". We think otherwise. Quantum mixtures allow the investigation of a wealth of genuinely quantum phenomena: mixed phases of superfluids and Mott insulators, impurities and polarons, chemistry at zero-temperature.

A close look to the coupled dipole dynamics of a bosonic mixture

We studied the coupled dipole dynamics of a 41K-87Rb bosonic mixture as a function of the interspecies interaction. We measured both the frequency and the composition of the two dipole eigenmodes, from the weakly to the strongly attractive regime. For sufficiently strong interactions, even beyond the mean-field collapse, we found that the two condensates oscillate with the same frequency that depends only on the bare trap frequencies and the total mass of each species. This feature has been tested for a broad range of species population imbalance and has been demonstrated to agree with theoretical predictions.

L. Cavicchioli et al.
Dipole dynamics of an interacting bosonic mixture
Phys. Rev. Research 4, 043068 (2022)

K/Rb people

Luca Cavicchioli
PhD Student
Chiara Fort
Scientific Staff
Massimo Inguscio
Scientific Staff
Francesco Minardi
Scientific Staff
Alessia Burchianti
Scientific staff
Former members:
Giovanni Barontini
Jacopo Catani
Stefano Conclave
Chiara D'Errico
Luigi De Sarlo
Giacomo Lamporesi
Paolo Maioli
Lorenzo Marconi
Sara Rosi
Devang S. Naik
Gregor Thalhammer

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