Ultracold atoms in speckle potentials: Anderson localization and related topics
Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau
Mon, Mar. 14th 2011, 14:00
Salle Claude Itzykson, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers
Anderson localization of ultra-cold atoms in speckle potentials is attracting considerable attention. Beyond the mere exciting opportunity to directly observe a localized wave function, the situation turns out to be very rich, from both experimental and theoretical points of view. For instance, there exists effective mobility edges as predicted by a theoretical analysis and observed in experiments. This is related to the fact that the speckle potential, although a non Gaussian process with an asymmetric probability distribution, actually derives from an electric field that is a Gaussian random process. Moreover, precise control of correlation functions in speckle potentials offer new possibilities to precisely study the problem of Anderson localization.