Structural instability of vortices in Bose-Einstein condensates

Juan J. García-Ripoll*, Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Víctor M. Pérez-García, Lluis Torner

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An attempt was made to prove the surprising fact that a weakly interacting condensate in a stationary trap cannot host stable persistent currents of well defined vorticity, showing that the nonlinearity is essential to sustain vortices. For this purpose, a dilute gaseous Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in the zero-temperature limit was studied. The mechanism for the structural destabilization of vortices was shown and a way to verify this prediction in current experiments was proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number140403
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes


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