Comparison between two models of absorption of matter waves by a thin time-dependent barrier

Barbier, Maximilien, Beau, Mathieu and Goussev, Arseni (2015) Comparison between two models of absorption of matter waves by a thin time-dependent barrier. Physical Review A (PRA), 92 (053630). ISSN 1050-2947

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.92.053630

Abstract

We report a quantitative, analytical, and numerical comparison between two models of the interaction of a nonrelativistic quantum particle with a thin time-dependent absorbing barrier. The first model represents the barrier by a set of time-dependent discontinuous matching conditions, which are closely related to Kottler boundary conditions used in stationary-wave optics as a mathematical basis for Kirchhoff diffraction theory. The second model mimics the absorbing barrier with an off-diagonal δ potential with a time-dependent amplitude. We show that the two models of absorption agree in their predictions in a semiclassical regime, the regime readily accessible in modern experiments with ultracold atoms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
G100 Mathematics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Arseni Goussev
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 16:33
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24848

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