Observation of Subdiffusion in a Disordered Interacting System

Year: 2011

Authors: Lucioni E., Deissler B., Tanzi L., Roati G., Zaccanti M., Modugno M., Larcher M., Dalfovo F., Inguscio M., Modugno G.

Autors Affiliation: LENS and Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Firenze, and INO-CNR, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Department of Theoretical Physics and History of Science, UPV-EHU, 48080 Bilbao, Spain
IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao, Spain
INO-CNR BEC Center and Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Trento, 38123 Povo, Italy

Abstract: We study the transport dynamics of matter-waves in the presence of disorder and nonlinearity. An atomic Bose-Einstein condensate that is localized in a quasiperiodic lattice in the absence of atom-atom interaction shows instead a slow expansion with a subdiffusive behavior when a controlled repulsive interaction is added. The measured features of the subdiffusion are compared to numerical simulations and a heuristic model. The observations confirm the nature of subdiffusion as interaction-assisted hopping between localized states and highlight a role of the spatial correlation of the disorder.


Volume: 106 (23)      Pages from: 230403-1  to: 230403-4

KeyWords: disordered systems, anomalous diffusion
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.230403

Citations: 124
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