Overcoming dispersive spreading of quantum wave packets via periodic nonlinear kicking

Goussev, Arseni, Reck, Phillipp, Moser, Florian, Moro, Antonio, Gorini, Cosimo and Richter, Klaus (2018) Overcoming dispersive spreading of quantum wave packets via periodic nonlinear kicking. Physical Review A, 98 (1). 013620. ISSN 2469-9926

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We propose the suppression of dispersive spreading of wave packets governed by the free-space Schrodinger equation with a periodically pulsed nonlinear term. Using asymptotic analysis, we construct stroboscopically-dispersionless quantum states that are physically reminiscent of, but mathematically different from, the well-known one-soliton solutions of the nonlinear Schrodinger equation with a constant (time-independent) nonlinearity. Our analytics are strongly supported by full numerical simulations. The predicted dispersionless wave packets can move with arbitrary velocity and can be realized in experiments involving ultracold atomic gases with temporally controlled interactions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 08:25
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 15:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34738

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