Séminaire du LPTMS: Oleg Lychkovskiy

Perpetual motion and driven dynamics of a mobile impurity in a quantum fluid.

Oleg Lychkovskiy, Russian Quantum Center, Moscow

We study the dynamics of a mobile impurity in a quantum fluid at zero temperature. Two related settings are considered. In the first setting, the impurity is injected in the fluid with some initial velocity v_0 (which is below the critical velocity), and we enquire about its velocity at infinite time, v_inf. We derive a rigorous upper bound on |v_0 − v_inf|. In the limit of vanishing impurity-fluid coupling, this bound amounts to v_inf = v_0, which is anticipated from the Landau criterion of superfluidity. In the case of a finite coupling, the velocity of the impurity can decrease, but not to zero; the bound quantifies the maximal possible decrease.

In the second setting, a small constant force is exerted upon the impurity. We argue that two distinct dynamical regimes exist—backscattering oscillations of the impurity velocity and saturation of the velocity without oscillations. Which regime is realized depends on the mass of the impurity. A nonequilibrium quantum phase transition occurs at some critical mass.


Date/Time : 01/12/2015 - 11:00 - 12:00

Location : LPTMS, salle 201, 2ème étage, Bât 100, Campus d'Orsay

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