Nonlinear Dynamics in Double Square Well Potential
Considering the coherent nonlinear dynamics in double square well potential we find the example of coexistence of Josephson oscillations with a self-trapping regime. This macroscopic bistability is explained by proving analytically the simultaneous existence of symmetric, antisymmetric and asymmetric stationary solutions of the associated Gross-Pitaevskii equation. The effect is illustrated and confirmed by numerical simulations. This property allows to make suggestions on possible experiments using Bose-Einstein condensates in engineered optical lattices or weakly coupled optical waveguide arrays.
Nonlinear Sciences - Pattern Formation and Solitons, Condensed Matter - Other Condensed Matter, Mathematical Physics, Physics - Atomic Physics