Numerical Analysis of Coherent Many-Body Currents in a Single Atom Transistor

A. J. Daley, S. R. Clark, D. Jaksch, P. Zoller

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We study the dynamics of many atoms in the recently proposed Single Atom Transistor setup [A. Micheli, A. J. Daley, D. Jaksch, and P. Zoller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 140408 (2004)] using recently developed numerical methods. In this setup, a localised spin 1/2 impurity is used to switch the transport of atoms in a 1D optical lattice: in one state the impurity is transparent to probe atoms, but in the other acts as a single atom mirror. We calculate time-dependent currents for bosons passing the impurity atom, and find interesting many body effects. These include substantially different transport properties for bosons in the strongly interacting (Tonks) regime when compared with fermions, and an unexpected decrease in the current when weakly interacting probe atoms are initially accelerated to a non-zero mean momentum. We also provide more insight into the application of our numerical methods to this system, and discuss open questions about the currents approached by the system on long timescales.
Original languageEnglish
Article number043618
Pages (from-to)1 - 9
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jun 2005
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2005


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