Ultracold Atoms Japan 2024

9 - 12 April 2024, Okinawa, Japan

Ultracold atoms have in the past two decades become one of the most active and exciting research areas in physics. Cold atomic systems are low energy, pure and highly configurable and therefore allow to create setups in which new and advanced quantum mechanical effects can be studied and engineered. In fact, cold atomic systems are not only at the forefront for discovering fundamental new physics, they are also at the frontier in the development of advanced quantum technologies, such as quantum simulators or quantum metrology devices. The awarding of the Nobel Prizes in 2012, 2001 and 1997 to work in this area can be seen as a recognition of its groundbreaking potential.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts representing leading theoretical and experimental groups working in the area of ultracold atoms. In particular it will focus on the connection between Japanese groups and Japan and the international community, and provide platform for exchange and the creation of sustainable connections.


Location:OIST Main Campus, OIST Seaside House, Okinawa, Japan


Comfirmed Speakers:

Artur Widera, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU), Germany

Quantum engine cycles in ultracold atoms
Quantum control enables the precise control of quantum systems down to individual particles, bringing the realization, operation and understanding of the smallest quantum machines within reach. A central question is whether quantum effects can improve these machines. I will discuss our recent progress in experimentally answering such questions in two different ultracold-atom setups. First, we immerse single Cs atoms as impurities in an ultracold gas of Rb atoms. Spin-exchange collisions allow a very controlled transfer of energy quanta between bath and impurity. In this way, we realize a non-thermal quantum engine cycle that simultaneously offers high efficiency, high power and low power fluctuations. Second, in a different experimental setup, we investigate whether the significant energy difference between ensembles of different fermionic and bosonic quantum statistics resulting from the Pauli exclusion principle can be utilized as a novel form of energy to drive a quantum engine. We show that an Otto-inspired Pauli cycle can be driven in an ultracold lithium gas by alternately changing the trap frequency and the interaction-induced change in quantum statistics along the BEC-BCS transition, which is superior to comparable cycles based on a change in interactions.

Jae-yoon Choi, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), South Korea

Far from equailbrium dynamics and quantum Kelvin-Helmholtz instabiltiy in strongly ferromagentic spinor condensates.
Understanding and classifying out-of-equilibrium dynamics in a closed quantum many-body system have been outstanding problems in modern physics. In this talk, we will introduce our recent experimental results on the universal coarsening dynamics in spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensate. Initially prepared polar condensate is quenched to ferromagnetic phases by microwave dressing. Right after the quench, we observe the emission of spin 1/-1 pairs due to dynamical instability, forming microdomains, which are coarse to form a larger domain as time evolves. We find distinctive scaling behavior depends on the symmetry of the Hamiltonian and associated dynamics of topological defects like domain walls and spin vortices. In the second part of this talk, I will also introduce our recent experiment on the quantum Kelvin Helmholtz instability (KHI). After preparing a single magnetic domain wall, we impose a counterflow by applying a magnetic field gradient. The flutter-finger pattern, the hall mark of the KHI, is observed on the magnetic domain boundary. In the nonlinear dynamic stage, a magnetic droplet is emitted from the tip of the figure, and further analysis shows that it has a fractional skyrmion charge with breaking axis symmetry.

Zhi-Fang Xu, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Unconventional superfluidity in orbital optical lattices
Ultracold atoms trapped in laser-induced periodic potentials have become well-established systems capable of simulating elementary many-body lattice models. In this talk, I will discuss our recent progress in optical lattice simulators, going beyond conventional s-band Hubbard physics. Our approach involves implementing orbital degrees of freedom by utilizing higher Bloch bands. Notable examples include the observation of a chiral p+ip superfluid in a hexagonal lattice and a quantum stripe phase in a triangular lattice. Moreover, we predict the emergence of exotic properties, such as topological quasiparticle excitations and intrinsic anomalous Hall effects.

Ana Maria Rey, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Yu-Ju Lin, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Taiwan

Yuki Miyazawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Bose-Einstein Condensate of europium
Spinor Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) with dipole-dipole interaction (DDI), namely spinor dipolar BECs, are attractive research subjects that potentially exhibit many fascinating phenomena, including spin textures and vortices. These phenomena arise from the interplay between spin-dependent contact interactions and DDIs, which provide the coupling between spin and orbital angular momentum from their long-range and anisotropic nature. Europium (Eu), a magnetic lanthanide with a large magnetic dipole moment of 7 Bohr magnetons, features a highly symmetric electronic ground state. This unique property suggests that Eu is a promising candidate for realizing DDI-dominant spinor dipolar BEC, which has never been realized. In this session, I will talk about the realization of Eu BEC and its characteristics, followed by Matsui’s presentation on his recent experimental works using Eu BEC.

Hiroki Matsui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Einstein–de Haas effect in europium Bose–Einstein Condensate
The magnetic dipole-dipole interaction in an atomic Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) couples the spin to the orbital degree of freedom due to its anisotropy. Combined with its long-range nature, quantized vortices can appear in an initially spin-polarized BEC in conjunction with the atomic spin relaxation, conserving the total angular momentum, which is considered the equivalent of the Einstein–de Haas effect. We observed this effect in a europium atomic BEC. We prepared a BEC in the spin-polarized state (m=−6) along an external magnetic field and quenched the magnetic field below 100 µG. We let the system evolve and then froze the spins by suddenly increasing the magnetic field. We then performed a Stern–Gerlach experiment and observed spin relaxation in the BEC and a ring structure in the m=−5 spin component in the absorption image. We confirmed the presence of a quantized mass current in the ring-shaped component through matter-wave interference.

Masahito Ueda, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Ippei Danshita, Kindai University, Japan

Hilbert space fragmentation and quantum many-body scars  in Bose-Hubbard systems
Thanks to their controllability and near-perfect isolation from environment, cold-atom systems has offered unique opportunities for studying far-from-equilibrium dynamics of isolated quantum many-body systems. Understanding how an isolated quantum system thermalizes through unitary time evolution is one of fundamental issues of quantum statistical physics. For this purpose, it is meaningful to investigate mechanisms of systems exhibiting non-ergodic dynamics, such as integrability, many-body localization, quantum many-body scar (QMBS) states, and the Hilbert space fragmentation (HSF). We propose how to experimentally realize non-ergodic dynamics due to QMBS states and HSF, respectively, in systems of optical lattices loaded with ultracold Bose gases, which is paradigmatic among cold-atom systems and can be well described by Bose-Hubbard models. We present actual experimental attempts for observing the latter one.

Kousuke Shibata, Gakushuin University, Japan

Precise magnetometer with a Bose-Einstein condensate

Takao Aoki, Waseda University, Japan

Shoichi Okaba, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Important Dates:
Application Open: 29 November 2023
Application Deadline: 9 January 2024 Extended to 12 February
Notification of Acceptance: the end of February
Participants arrive in Okinawa: 8 April 2024
Participants depart Okinawa:  13 April 2024

Main Details:
Participation fee: 20,000JPY (This is  part of the workshop operating budget and a breakdown cannot be provided.)

 Accommodation in shared twin rooms is available for free and food will be provided.
 Accommodation: OIST Seaside House

*OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of women in science, in Japan and worldwide.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.*


Thomas Busch, OIST Graduate University
Shin Inouye, Osaka Metropolitan University
Yuki Kawaguchi, Nagoya University
Munekazu Horikoshi, Osaka Metropolitan University
Takeshi Fukuhara, Riken
Hiroki Takahashi, OIST Graduate University