Weakly interacting Bose gas in a random environment Academic Article uri icon


  • The localization-disorder paradigm is analyzed for a specific system of weakly repulsive Bose gas at zero temperature placed into a quenched random potential. We show that at low average density or weak enough interaction the particles fill deep potential wells of the random potential whose radius and depth depend on the characteristics of the random potential and the interacting gas. The localized state is the random singlet with no long-range phase correlation. At a critical density the quantum phase transition to the coherent superfluid state proceeds. We calculate the critical density in terms of the geometrical characteristics of the noise and the gas. In a finite system the ground state becomes nonergodic at very low density. For atoms in traps four different regimes are found; only one of it is superfluid. The theory is extended to lower (one and two) dimensions. Its quantitative predictions can be checked in experiments with ultracold atomic gases and other Bose systems. 2009 The American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Falco, G. M., Nattermann, T., & Pokrovsky, V. L.

citation count

  • 65

complete list of authors

  • Falco, GM||Nattermann, T||Pokrovsky, VL

publication date

  • September 2009