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Dynamics of Matter-Wave Solitons in a Ratchet Potential
D. Poletti, T. J. Alexander, E. A. Ostrovskaya, B. W. Li, and Yu. S. Kivshar,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 150403-4 (2008).
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Abstract: We study the dynamics of bright solitons formed in a Bose-Einstein condensate with attractive atomic interactions perturbed by a weak bichromatic optical lattice potential. The lattice depth is a biperiodic function of time with a zero mean, which realizes a flashing ratchet for matter-wave solitons. We find that the average velocity of a soliton and the soliton current induced by the ratchet depend on the number of atoms in the soliton. As a consequence, soliton transport can be induced through scattering of different solitons. In the regime when matter-wave solitons are narrow compared to the lattice period the dynamics is well described by the effective Hamiltonian theory.
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