## Abstract

We consider a bose--Josephson junction consisting of a binary mixture of two weakly coupled Bose--Einstein condensates confined in a symmetric double--well external potential. In a single condensate confined in a double--well potential, when the condensate wavefunction is approximated as a linear combination of the lowest two eigenmodes of the potential, the result is a dynamical system analogous to those that describe the current and phase across a Josephson junction. Josephson oscillations and nonlinear self--trapping are among the effects predicted by this dynamical system. Using the same two--mode approximation, the condensate mixture can be mapped to two coupled, non--rigid pendula. Although the system is found to exhibit periodic dynamics, the tunneling dynamics of the individual components can be periodic, quasiperiodic, as well as chaotic. We also investigate the experimental signatures of these effects and the goodness of the two--mode approximation by solving the coupled Gross--Pitaevskii equations that govern the behavior of the system.

Original language | American English |
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State | Published - Mar 2008 |

Event | 2008 APS March Meeting - Duration: Mar 1 2008 → … |

### Conference

Conference | 2008 APS March Meeting |
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Period | 03/1/08 → … |

## Keywords

- Bose-Einstein condensates
- GPE
- Gross-Pitaevskii equations

## DC Disciplines

- Physics