Vortex nucleation and hysteresis phemena in rotating Bose-Einstein condensates
J.J. García-Ripoll, V.M. Pérez-García
Physical Review A, 63, 041603 (2001).
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We study the generation of vortices in rotating Bose-Einstein condensates, a situation that has been realized in a recent experiment [K. W. Madison, F. Chevy, W. Wohlleben, and J. Dalibard, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84 806 (2000)]. By combining a linear stability analysis with the global optimization of the nonlinear free-energy functional, we study the regimes that can be reached in current experiments. We find a hysteresis phenomenon in the vortex nucleation due to the metastabilization of the vortexless condensate. We also prove that for a fast enough rotating trap, the ground state of the condensate hosts one or more bent vortex lines.