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Rydberg-Induced Solitons: Three-Dimensional Self-Trapping of Matter Waves

Maucher, Fabian; Henkel, N; Saffman, Mark; Krolikowski, Wieslaw; Skupin, Stefan; Pohl, T.


We propose a scheme for the creation of stable three-dimensional bright solitons in Bose-Einstein condensates, i.e., the matter-wave analog of so-called spatiotemporal "light bullets." Off-resonant dressing to Rydberg nD states is shown to provide nonlocal attractive interactions, leading to self-trapping of mesoscopic atomic clouds by a collective excitation of a Rydberg atom pair. We present detailed potential calculations and demonstrate the existence of stable solitons under realistic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review Letters
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.170401


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