Cold atomic gases have proven capable of emulating a number of fundamental condensed matter phenomena including Bose-Einstein condensation, the Mott transition, Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov pairing, and the quantum Hall effect. Cooling to a low enough temperature to explore magnetism and exotic superconductivity in lattices of fermionic atoms remains a challenge. We propose a method to produce a low temperature gas by preparing it in a disordered potential and following a constant entropy trajectory to deliver the gas into a nondisordered state which exhibits these incompletely understood phases. We show, using quantum Monte Carlo simulations, that we can approach the Néel temperature of the three-dimensional Hubbard model for experimentally achievable parameters. Recent experimental estimates suggest the randomness required lies in a regime where atom transport and equilibration are still robust.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Physical Review Letters
Paiva, T., Khatami, E., Yang, S., Rousseau, V., Jarrell, M., Moreno, J., Hulet, R., & Scalettar, R. (2015). Cooling Atomic Gases with Disorder. Physical Review Letters, 115 (24) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.240402