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Magnetically generated spin-orbit coupling for ultracold atoms



Brandon M. Anderson, Ian B. Spielman, Gediminas Juzeliunas


We present a new technique for producing two and three dimensional Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling for ultra cold atoms without involving light. The method relies on a sequence of pulsed inhomogeneous magnetic fields imprinting suitable phase gradients on the atoms. For sufficiently short pulse durations, the time-averaged Hamiltonian well approximates the Rashba Hamiltonian. Higher order corrections to the energy spectrum are calculated exactly for spin-1/2 and pertur- batively for higher spins. The pulse sequence does not modify the form of rotationally symmetric atom-atom interactions. Finally, we present a straightforward implementation of this pulse sequence on an atom-chip.
Physical Review Letters


Artificial Gauge Fields, Ultracold atoms, Spin orbit coupling


Anderson, B. , Spielman, I. and Juzeliunas, G. (2013), Magnetically generated spin-orbit coupling for ultracold atoms, Physical Review Letters, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created September 18, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018