Identical particle scattering from a weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensed gas

A. Wynveen, A. Setty, A. Howard, J. W. Halley, C. E. Campbell

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We calculate the scattering states and cross sections for a Bose-Einstein condensed dilute gas trapped in a spherical square well of finite depth. The interactions are treated in the scattering length approximation. We solve the Gross-Pitaevskii equation and the Bogoliubov equations for bound and scattering states. The results show that there are transparency effects reminiscent of those conjectured to occur for strongly coupled systems. When incident particle wavelengths [Formula Presented] are comparable to the well size a, exchange induced transparency enhancement is dramatic only for particular combinations of well depth, interaction strength, and particle number. For particles with large momenta [Formula Presented] however, exchange with the condensate results in enhanced transmission for all coupling strengths. We calculated the rate of decay of the scattering states to leading order in anharmonic corrections to the Bogoliubov approximation and found the corresponding inelastic cross sections to be extremely small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


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