|Title||Creation and mobility of discrete solitons in Bose-Einstein condensates|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2004|
|Authors||Ahufinger, V, Sanpera, A, Pedri, P, Santos, L, Lewenstein, M|
|Journal||Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)|
We analyze the generation and mobility of discrete solitons in Bose-Einstein condensates confined in an optical lattice under realistic experimental conditions. We discuss first the creation of one-dimensional discrete solitons, for both attractive and repulsive interatomic interactions. We then address the issue of their mobility, focusing our attention on the conditions for the experimental observability of the Peierls-Nabarro barrier. Finally we report on the generation of self-trapped structures in two and three dimensions. Discrete solitons may open alternative routes for the manipulation and transport of Bose-Einstein condensates.