Synthetic magnetohydrodynamics in Bose-Einstein condensates and routes to vortex nucleation

L.B. Taylor, R.M.W. Bijnen, van, D.H.J. O'Dell, N.G. Parker, S.J.J.M.F. Kokkelmans, A.M. Martin

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Engineering of synthetic magnetic flux in Bose-Einstein condensates [ Lin et al. Nature (London) 462 628 (2009)] has prospects for attaining the high vortex densities necessary to emulate the fractional quantum Hall effect. We analytically establish the hydrodynamical behavior of a condensate in a uniform synthetic magnetic field, including its density and velocity profile. Importantly, we find that the onset of vortex nucleation observed experimentally corresponds to a dynamical instability in the hydrodynamical solutions and reveal other routes to instability and anticipated vortex nucleation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number021604
Pages (from-to)021604
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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