- Conference date: 16-21 July 2006
- Location: Innsbruck (Austria)
A gaseous Bose‐Einstein condensate (BEC) offers an ideal testing ground for studying symmetry breaking, because a trapped BEC system is in a mesoscopic regime, and situations exist under which symmetry breaking may or may not occur. Investigating this problem can explain why mean‐field theories have been so successful in elucidating gaseous BEC systems and when many‐body effects play a significant role. We substantiate these ideas in four distinct situations: namely, soliton formation in attractive BECs, vortex nucleation in rotating BECs, spontaneous magnetization in spinor BECs, and spin texture formation in dipolar BECs.
- Bose Einstein condensates
- Mesoscopic systems
- Rotating flows
- Spinor condensates
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