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Experimental tests for macroscopic phase coherence in magnetic-quasiparticle condensates of insulating spin systems


Schilling, A; Grundmann, H; Dell'Amore, R (2012). Experimental tests for macroscopic phase coherence in magnetic-quasiparticle condensates of insulating spin systems. Journal of Physics : Conference Series, 400(3):032081.

Abstract

For most kinds of already known Bose-Einstein condensates experimental evidence for the existence of a macroscopic coherent quantum state has been provided, e.g., from the observation of interference phenomena, the formation vortices, the detection of Josephson effects, or even by the manifestation of superfluid behaviour. However, none of these hallmarks for a true, macroscopic phase-coherent state has ever been reported for any insulating spin system in a solid in which magnetic bosonic quasiparticles are thought to condense close to a quantum critical point. We describe an attempt to detect superfluid behaviour in TlCuCl3, and discuss in more detail a proposal for an experiment in which the a.c. Josephson effect can be probed by using a device composed of two weakly coupled magnetic insulators with different critical fields. We conclude that the detection of the a.c. Josephson effect is feasible for a proper choice of compounds with realistic material parameters.

Abstract

For most kinds of already known Bose-Einstein condensates experimental evidence for the existence of a macroscopic coherent quantum state has been provided, e.g., from the observation of interference phenomena, the formation vortices, the detection of Josephson effects, or even by the manifestation of superfluid behaviour. However, none of these hallmarks for a true, macroscopic phase-coherent state has ever been reported for any insulating spin system in a solid in which magnetic bosonic quasiparticles are thought to condense close to a quantum critical point. We describe an attempt to detect superfluid behaviour in TlCuCl3, and discuss in more detail a proposal for an experiment in which the a.c. Josephson effect can be probed by using a device composed of two weakly coupled magnetic insulators with different critical fields. We conclude that the detection of the a.c. Josephson effect is feasible for a proper choice of compounds with realistic material parameters.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:31 Jan 2013 15:48
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 19:05
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN:1742-6588
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/400/3/032081

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