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Many-body physics in long-range interacting quantum systems

TitleMany-body physics in long-range interacting quantum systems
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsZhu, B
Academic DepartmentPhysics
Number of Pages169
Date Published2017-04
UniversityUniversity of Colorado
CityBoulder, CO

Ultracold atomic and molecular systems provide a useful platform for understanding quantum many-body physics. Recent progresses in AMO experiments enable access to systems exhibiting long-range interactions, opening a window for exploring the interplay between long-range interactions and dissipation. In this thesis, I develop theoretical approaches to study non-equilibrium dynamics in systems where such interplay is crucial.

I first focus on a system of KRb molecules, where dipolar interactions and fast chemical reactions coexist. Using a classical kinetic theory and Monte Carlo methods, I study the evaporative cooling in a quasi-two-dimensional trap, and develop a protocol to reach quantum degeneracy. I also study the case where molecules are loaded into an optical lattice, and show that the strong dissipation induces a quantum Zeno effect, which suppresses the molecule loss. The analysis requires including multiple bands to explain recent experimental measurements, and can be used to determine the molecular filling fraction. 

I also investigate a system of radiating atoms, which experience long-range elastic and dissipative interactions. I explore the collective behavior of atoms and the role of atomic motion. The model is validated by comparison with a recent light scattering experiment using Sr atoms. I also show that incoherently pumped dipoles can undergo a dynamical phase transition to synchronization, and study its signature in the quantum regime.

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