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Bose Gases in Tailored Optical and Atomic Lattices

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dc.contributor.advisor Schneble, Dominik A, en_US
dc.contributor.author Gadway, Bryce Russell en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Physics en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-24T16:38:18Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:47:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-24T16:38:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:47:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/60252 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/71510 en_US
dc.description 193 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract Quantum degenerate atomic gases offer a unique platform for the exploration of a wide variety of interacting many-body systems in a pristine environment, based on a set of powerful tools for the coherent control of the atoms' internal and external degrees of freedom. Here, we present experimental studies of strongly interacting bosonic mixtures in one-dimensional (1D) systems, in which the mobilities of the two species are independently controlled with a state-selective optical lattice. In a first experiment, we freeze out the tunneling of one species from a binary mixture, and study the formation of ``quantum emulsion'' states, where immobile atoms serve as a static, random disorder for a more mobile species. We investigate the 1D superfluid-to-insulator transition in the presence of this disorder, and make comparisons to the effects of quasi-disorder from an incommensurate optical lattice. We observe enhanced localization in the more random potential, highlighting the important role of correlations in disordered systems. Through a combined measurement of transport, localization, and excitation spectra, we are able to obtain strong evidence for observation of a disordered, insulating quantum phase, the 1D Bose glass. In a second experiment, we introduce a new experimental technique for the characterization of ultracold gases held in optical lattices. In analogy to neutron diffraction from solids, we use atomic de Broglie waves to non-destructively probe the spatial structure of 1D Mott insulators through elastic Bragg diffraction, and to probe inelastic band-structure excitations of more weakly interacting 1D Bose gases. Furthermore, we use the diffraction of matter waves to detect the formation of forced-antiferromagnetic ordering in a crystalline atomic spin mixture. Lastly, we study the dynamical response of matter waves to a periodically pulsed, incommensurate optical lattice, a situation that realizes a system of two coupled kicked quantum rotors. We observe that the coupling induces a suppression of energy growth at quantum resonances, and a localization-to-delocalization transition in momentum space for off-resonant driving. Our observations confirm a long-standing theoretical prediction for the two-rotor system, and illustrate how classical behavior can emerge from the evolution of a simple quantum system. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Atomic physics--Quantum physics--Condensed matter physics en_US
dc.subject.other Bose-Einstein condensate, disorder, optical lattices, ultracold atoms en_US
dc.title Bose Gases in Tailored Optical and Atomic Lattices en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Metcalf, Harold J.Wei, Tzu-Chieh en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Konik, Robert. en_US

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