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The European Physical Journal B

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 317–328 | Cite as

Internal structure of a quantum soliton and classical excitations due to trap opening

  • Y. CastinEmail author
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Abstract

We analytically solve two problems that may be useful in the context of the recent observation of matter wave bright solitons in a one-dimensional attractive atomic Bose gas. The first problem is strictly beyond mean field: from the Bethe ansatz solution we extract the internal correlation function of the particle positions in the quantum soliton, that is for a fixed center of mass position. The second problem is solved in the limit of a large number of particles, where the mean field theory is asymptotically correct: it deals with the number of excitations created by the opening of the trap, starting from a pure soliton in a weakly curved harmonic potential.

PACS

03.75.Lm Tunneling, Josephson effect, Bose-Einstein condensates in periodic potentials, solitons, vortices, and topological excitations 03.75.Hh Static properties of condensates; thermodynamical, statistical, and structural properties 03.75.Kk Dynamic properties of condensates; collective and hydrodynamic excitations, superfluid flow 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, École Normale Supérieure, UPMC and CNRSParis Cedex 05France

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