Séminaire du LPTMS: Oleksandr Gamayun *** séminaire exceptionnel ***

Quantum dynamics of a mobile impurity in a one-dimensional Fermi gas

Oleksandr Gamayun (Leiden Unversity, The Netherlands)

A single impurity particle in an ultracold atomic gas is a prospective model for probing relaxation dynamics of an interacting out-of-equilibrium quantum system. I will focus on a case of an impurity that propagates in a one-dimensional gas of free fermions and interacts with them through the contact interaction. It is the simplest and yet fundamental model capturing a peculiar physics and mathematics of the non-equilibrium processes. A particular feature of this model is integrable when masses of the impurity and gas particles are equal. In this case, I will present a full nonpertubative solution and express physical quantities in terms of the Fredholm determinants of integrable integral operators. After a detailed analysis of the mathematical structure of the Fredholm determinants, I will discuss several striking physical phenomena such as incomplete relaxation, Bloch oscillations, and momentum-dependent impurity statistics. To describe the non-integrable case, I will develop a kinetic theory approach. I will then present its modification that allows description of the integrable case as well. Finally, I will give some arguments about the persistence of the discussed phenomena at a finite temperature.


Date/Time : 26/01/2017 - 14:00 - 15:00

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

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