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Dissipation in a finite-temperature atomic Josephson junction

Lookup NU author(s): Klejdja Xhani, Professor Nikolaos ProukakisORCiD



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© 2022 authors. Published by the American Physical Society. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI.We numerically demonstrate and characterize the emergence of distinct dynamical regimes of a finite-temperature bosonic superfluid in an elongated Josephson junction generated by a thin Gaussian barrier over the entire temperature range where a well-formed condensate can be clearly identified. Although the dissipation arising from the coupling of the superfluid to the dynamical thermal cloud increases with increasing temperature as expected, the importance of this mechanism is found to depend on two physical parameters associated (i) with the initial chemical potential difference, compared to some characteristic value, and (ii) the ratio of the thermal energy to the barrier amplitude. The former determines whether the superfluid Josephson dynamics are dominated by gradually damped plasmalike oscillations (for relatively small initial population imbalances), or whether dissipation at early times is instead dominated by vortex- and sound-induced dissipation (for larger initial imbalances). The latter defines the effect of the thermal cloud on the condensate dynamics, with a reversal of roles, i.e., the condensate being driven by the oscillating thermal cloud, being observed when the thermal particles acquire enough energy to overcome the barrier. Our findings are within current experimental reach in ultracold superfluid junctions.

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Author(s): Xhani K, Proukakis NP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review Research

Year: 2022

Volume: 4

Issue: 3

Online publication date: 13/09/2022

Acceptance date: 19/07/2022

Date deposited: 23/11/2022

ISSN (electronic): 2643-1564

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.4.033205


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