Phase transitions of S=1 spinor condensates in an optical lattice

Journal Article

We study the phase diagram of spin-one polar condensates in a two-dimensional optical lattice with magnetic anisotropy. We show that the topological binding of vorticity to nematic disclinations allows for a rich variety of phase transitions. These include Kosterlitz-Thouless-like transitions with a superfluid stiffness jump that can be experimentally tuned to take a continuous set of values, and a cascaded Kosterlitz-Thouless transition, characterized by two divergent length scales. For higher integer spin bosons S, the thermal phase transition out of the planar polar phase is strongly affected by the parity of S. © 2009 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Podolsky, D; Chandrasekharan, S; Vishwanath, A

Published Date

  • December 9, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 80 / 21

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-235X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1098-0121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.214513

Citation Source

  • Scopus