Quantum dynamics in the bosonic Josephson junction Academic Article uri icon


  • We employ a semiclassical picture to study dynamics in a bosonic Josephson junction with various initial conditions. Phase-diffusion of coherent preparations in the Josephson regime is shown to depend on the initial relative phase between the two condensates. For initially incoherent condensates, we find a universal value for the buildup of coherence in the Josephson regime. In addition, we contrast two seemingly similar on-separatrix coherent preparations, finding striking differences in their convergence to classicality as the number of particles increases. Comment: 18 pages, 8 figures, improved version, pedagogical orientation, 3 extra appendices that are not included in the published version

publication date

  • January 1, 2010