Ryan M. Wilson, Chris Ticknor, Eddy Timmermans, and John L. Bohn


Recent experimental advances in cooling dipolar atoms and molecules have generated considerable interest in such systems, which present an ideal platform for the study of strong interactions in quantum degenerate matter.  Here, we consider the role of dipolar interactions in single (scalar) and binary dipolar Bose condensates.  When polarized, the dipolar interactions can drive such systems to energetic collapse, so we treat a reduced geometry where a tight trapping potential exists parallel (or near parallel) to the polarization direction, restricting the system to a zero-point motion in this direction.  For gases with sufficiently strong interactions, such "quasi" two-dimensional geometries introduce roton-maxon character in the quasiparticle dispersion relation.  Interestingly, the roton emerges in both the density- and spin-wave dispersions of the binary condensate.  We demonstrate how such rotons play a critical role in the ground state and dynamic superfluid properties of these systems.  Whereas the superfluid critical velocity and vortex-antivortex pair production mechanism show strong dependence on the roton in the scalar condensate, the spin-wave roton introduces novel bistabilities and emergent patterned immiscible phases of the binary condensate.  Additionally, we show how rotons can be made strongly anisotropic by tilting the dipole polarization field, resulting in anisotropic superfluidity and striped phases in the scalar and binary systems, respectively.