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Thomas Pohl

Rydberg dressing of atoms in optical lattices

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We study atoms in optical lattices whose electronic ground state is off-resonantly coupled to a highly excited state with strong binary interactions. We present a time-dependent treatment of the resulting quantum dynamics, which-contrary to recent predictions [Li, Ates, and Lesanovsky, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 213005 (2013)]-proves that the strong repulsion between the weakly admixed Rydberg states does not lead to atomic trap loss. This finding provides an important basis for creating and manipulating coherent long-range interactions in optical lattice experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011402
JournalPhysical Review A
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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