#### Condensed Matter Theory

### Martin Esmann et.al.: Fractional-photon-assisted tunneling in an optical superlattice: Large contribution to particle transfer

**Author(s)**:**Martin Esmann, Niklas Teichmann, Christoph Weiss****Title**:**Date of Upload**: 2011-07-20
**Article**:**Phys. Rev. A 83, 063634 (2011) , APS****Keywords**:**PACS**: 03.75.Lm, 05.60.Gg**Abstract**:- Fractional-photon-assisted tunneling is investigated both analytically and numerically for few interacting ultracold atoms in the double wells of an optical superlattice. This can be realized experimentally by adding periodic shaking to an existing experimental setup [Cheinet et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 090404 (2008)]. Photon-assisted tunneling is visible in the particle transfer between the wells of the individual double wells. In order to understand the physics of the photon-assisted tunneling, an effective model based on the rotating-wave approximation is introduced. The validity of this effective approach is tested for wide parameter ranges that are accessible to experiments in double-well lattices. The effective model goes well beyond previous perturbation theory approaches and is useful for investigating in particular the fractional-photon-assisted tunneling resonances. Analytic results on the level of the experimentally realizable two-particle quantum dynamics show very good agreement with the numerical solution of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation. Far from being a small effect, both the one-half-photon and the one-third-photon resonances are shown to have large effects on the particle transfer.
**arXiv: 1101.5272v3****DOI:**10.1103/PhysRevA.83.063634

**Fractional-photon-assisted tunneling in an optical superlattice: Large contribution to particle transfer**

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