Metastable quantum phase transitions in a periodic one-dimensional Bose gas:II. Many-body theory

Metastable quantum phase transitions in a periodic one-dimensional Bose gas:
II. Many-body theory

R. Kanamoto Division of Advanced Sciences, Ochadai Academic Production, Ochanomizu University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8610 Japan    L. D. Carr Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, 80401, USA    M. Ueda Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 Japan
July 14, 2019

We show that quantum solitons in the Lieb-Liniger Hamiltonian are precisely the yrast states. We identify such solutions with Lieb’s type II excitations from weak to strong interactions, clarifying a long-standing question of the physical meaning of this excitation branch. We demonstrate that the metastable quantum phase transition previously found in mean-field analysis of the weakly interacting Lieb-Liniger Hamiltonian [Phys. Rev. A 79, 063616 (2009)] extends into the medium- to strongly interacting regime of a periodic one-dimensional Bose gas. Our methods are exact diagonalization, finite-size Bethe ansatz, and the boson-fermion mapping in the Tonks-Girardeau limit.


I Introduction

Exactly solvable quantum systems 94:Mattis (); 97:KY () are now within reach of experiments. This is best accomplished in highly controllable systems, such as ultracold quantum gases 02:PS (), because one has precise control over the effective dimensionality, so that one and two dimensions can be studied for a wide range of interactions, both repulsive and attractive, from the weakly to the strongly interacting, over seven orders of magnitude 09:Hulet (). Moreover, these systems are well insulated, where there is only negligible exchange of energy and particles with the environment, and thus suitable for the study of the metastable quantum phase transitions in excited states 08:CCI (), as well as ground-state quantum phases.

In this article we investigate the many-body ground and excited eigenstates of a periodic one-dimensional (1D) Bose gas 63:LL () under an external rotating drive going beyond the mean-field regime. Such a geometry has been realized in experiments 05:GMMPK (); 06:AGR (); 07:M (); 07:NIST-ex (); 03:Dem () from the weakly interacting condensate regime to the strongly interacting Tonks-Girardeau (TG) limits 04:KWW (); 60:Gir (); 04:TG (). In our previous analyses we showed that the average angular momentum of weakly repulsive bosons in a one-dimensional ring undergoes a quantum phase transition (QPT) in the metastable states as a function of interaction and rotation 08:KCU (). In the mean-field theory this phenomenon is intuitively understood in terms of bifurcation of stationary excited-state energy branches of the plane-wave state propagating on the ring, and of localized soliton trains 09:KCU (). Each excited state has a denumerably infinite number of bifurcations from the plane wave to a state containing one or more gray or dark solitons; each such bifurcation corresponds to a QPT. Formally these QPTs are in fact “crossovers”, because the two different kinds of physical behavior, superflow and soliton, can be connected by analytic continuation. However, these QPTs have no meaning in the thermodynamic limit, where there is no Bose-Einstein condensation in 1D, and as such are fundamentally restricted to the finite-size isolated systems typically found in experiments on Bose-Einstein condensates. Moreover, such crossovers can appear quite sharp in experiments, so that the matter of terminology becomes a question of theory, not experiment. In metastable states of matter waves, such as soliton trains 02:ENS-bs (); 02:Rice-bs (), the effects of dissipation can be suppressed and the metastable condensate is observable. However, this picture does not extend into the medium- to strongly interacting regime, where quantum fluctuations cause mean-field solitons to decay 09:MC (); 09:MDCC (). Two questions follow. (1) Does the QPT indicated by mean-field analysis hold for stronger interactions? (2) If so, in what way is the system characterized on either side of this QPT, given that mean-field solitons are clearly no longer eigenstates?

Our answer lies in the special class of many-body eigensolutions called yrast states 99:BP (); 99:BR (), defined as the lowest-energy solutions for fixed angular momentum. Studies of one-dimensional systems relevant to our chosen model have a long history, including exactly solvable quantum systems 63:LL (); 63:L (); 89:LH-2 (), decay of persistent current 67:LA (); 67:Litt (); 61:BY (); 72:PKU (); 73:Blo (), and classical solitons 80:IT (); 89:LH (); 95:Agr (). In the thermodynamic limit it has been known since Lieb that there exist two excitation branches in the system, called type I and type II excitations. While the physical meaning of type I was clarified as the particle excitation and was found to agree with the Bogoliubov-type excitation in the weakly interacting limit, the meaning of type II was elusive, described only as hole excitations 63:L (). Seventeen years after their discovery, type II hole excitations were identified as a soliton branch by analysis of the energy of a classical soliton in terms of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation 80:IT (). However, the validity range of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation is limited only within the range where the matter wave possesses off-diagonal long-range coherence.

The central finding of this article is that quantum solitons in the Lieb-Liniger Hamiltonian are precisely the yrast states, and such states are the key to the metastable QPT previously identified in the mean-field context 08:KCU (); 09:KCU (). We first show how to distill the mean-field branches and QPT, which are previously found in the mean-field theory, from the metastable yrast states. Throughout the manuscript, this is our basic fashion of discussing the metastable states. The mean-field superflow-soliton QPT found in Refs. 08:KCU (); 09:KCU () is shown to be obtained by extremizing the yrast spectra. In the weakly interacting regime, this type II excitation can indeed be called a soliton branch as shown in Ref. 80:IT () because of quantitative agreement with the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field theory note1 (). We next introduce the concept of the “particle” and “hole” excitations which are clearly defined in the strongly interacting Tonks-Girardeau (TG) limit. We recover Lieb’s result, and the metastable condition for the type II excitation branch leads to the observable quantum phase with a nonintegral single-particle average momentum. The type II “hole” excitation branch is made metastable (as opposed to unstable) by subjecting the gas to a rotating drive, and is observable in typical “rotating-bucket-type” experiments 73:Legg () in a manner similar to the method used to create quantized vortices. Finally we apply this concept to the regime of medium interaction strength.

This article is structured as follows. In Sec. II we introduce the Lieb-Liniger Hamiltonian subject to an external rotating drive. The yrast problem, and basic properties of the eigenstates are described. In Sec. III we investigate the many-body spectrum by exact diagonalization of the Hamiltonian in a truncated angular-momentum basis in the weakly interacting regime, comparing with those obtained by the mean-field theory. In Sec. IV we study the opposite limit of the interaction strength, i.e., the strongly interacting TG limit where the many-body eigenproblem can be analytically solved using the Bose-Fermi mapping. In Sec. V we address the intermediate regime of repulsive interaction between the weakly and strongly interacting limits via the finite-size Bethe ansatz approach. Finally, we summarize the results in Sec. VI.

Ii Formulation of the Problem

ii.1 The model and yrast states

We consider the same model as in Refs. 08:KCU (); 09:KCU (), and solve its eigenproblem beyond the mean-field and Bogoliubov theories. The Hamiltonian for periodic one-dimensional bosons with a contact interaction,


is known as the Lieb-Liniger Hamiltonian (LLH) 63:LL (), where is the azimuthal angle that satisfies , the number of bosonic atoms, and the effective strength of -wave interatomic interaction in one dimension (1D) 98:Ols (). The length and energy units are the circumference of the ring , and with being the atomic mass, respectively. The coupling constant is measured in units of and is hence dimensionless. The purpose of this article is to elucidate the many-body properties of these bosons subjected to a rotating drive. The LLH in a rotating frame of reference with an angular frequency is given by




is the angular-momentum operator. From the single-valuedness boundary condition of the many-body wave function 73:Legg (), one can show that solving the eigenproblem in the rest frame suffices in order to obtain solutions to the eigenproblem  09:KCU (). The eigenvalue is simply given by , which is periodic with respect to .

Throughout this article our approach is based on yrast problems 99:BR (); 99:BP (). Yrast, a Swedish term originally used in nuclear physics which can be translated as “dizziest,” refers to the lowest energy state for a given angular momentum. This approach is particularly profitable for a finite system, because all the information about physical properties in the rotating frame are embedded within the spectrum in the rest frame. Thus the physical meanings of yrast states can be extracted by the simple transformation of yrast spectra. Since the LLH commutes with the angular-momentum operator, , the yrast problem is well defined irrespective of the sign and strength of interaction, and all the yrast states are eigenstates of both the Hamiltonians and .

All the eigensolutions of Hamiltonians and are classified according to the number of atoms and total angular momentum . Let us write the set of eigenstates classified into the subspace given by parameters as where is an energy quantum number that arranges the eigenvalues for fixed in ascending order. The yrast states (the lowest-energy state under a given set of and ) are denoted as . The essential properties of the ground and low-lying excited states can be described within the yrast states. Thus we henceforth omit the quantum number from the notations for eigensolutions. There are two external parameters, the coupling constant and the external angular frequency of the rotating drive (divided by 2), written as , respectively. With the abbreviation of the quantum number and for fixed coupling constant , the eigenvalues that correspond to the yrast states are written as , where we explicitly write the parameter in the notation in order to clarify in which frame the system is. With this notation, the eigensolutions in the rest (non-rotating) frame are written as .

ii.2 Center-of-mass rotation states

Due to the translational invariance of the LLH with respect to and , properties of a particular set of yrast states can be analyzed without solving the problem. We denote the set of yrast states for which total angular momentum is equal to an integral multiple of the total number of atoms , as center-of-mass rotation (CMR) states. The energy of the CMR state takes the form


where is the interaction energy and is an integer. We call the center-of-mass quantum number, because it physically expresses the amount of uniform translation of the center-of-mass momentum. In the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field theory, is conventionally called the phase winding number; out of the mean-field regime, such terminology becomes questionable if not meaningless. In the rotating frame, the energy of the CMR state is given by


where the change in energy associated with the frame change is involved only in the kinetic energy term, and the interaction energy is completely separated from the parameter .

For repulsive interactions , the ground state in the absence of the rotating drive is the state with zero angular momentum, . The excitation energy of the CMR states with a finite angular momentum is thus given by


which is independent of the strength of interaction . This is natural because changing the total angular momentum by the amount is just a frame change and the interaction is isotropic. The ground state in the presence of the rotating drive is characterized by the CMR quantum number


where denotes an integer that does not exceed .

Because of the periodicity in the eigensolutions, an eigenstate with the energy has a denumerably infinite number of counterparts and , corresponding to arbitrary values of . Solving the yrast problem for a limited range of fixed angular-momentum states, e.g., , therefore suffices to obtain all the eigensolutions. Moreover, the spectra are degenerate for the same magnitude of angular momentum, in the absence of rotating drive, while this degeneracy is resolved in the presence of rotation due to the Sagnac effect 13:Sag (). All other yrast states for out of this limited range can be obtained by shifting the total angular momentum by while keeping the internal structure of the eigenstates. This is similar to a band theory concept, as discussed in Ref. 09:KCU (), with playing the role of the Brillouin zone.

Iii Weakly Interacting Limit

In our previous studies 08:KCU (); 09:KCU (), we investigated the weakly interacting limit of the Bose gas on a rotating ring. The Gross-Pitaevskii equation, which corresponds to the mean-field approximation for the Hamiltonian (2), has two kinds of solutions, namely, uniform superflow and soliton train 00:CCR (). The mean-field energy diagram is characterized by the set of bifurcations of the soliton branch from the superflow branch. These bifurcations make a continuous topological crossover in the condensate wave function possible by changing . The motivation of this section is to demonstrate how in general to distill the mean-field branches from a sea of many-body eigenvalues. We argue how the mean-field soliton branch, for which average angular momentum is not quantized, emerges from the yrast spectra. The meaning of spectra related to symmetry breaking associated with the existence of soliton branch is also discussed.

iii.1 Solution of the yrast problem

To rewrite the LLH in second-quantized form, the bosonic field operator is expanded in terms of a plane-wave basis with the single-particle angular momentum ,


where the pre-factor of comes from the normalization of the plane wave, and and are annihilation and creation operators which obey the standard commutation relations for bosons. Equation (8) manifestly satisfies the periodic boundary condition . The Hamiltonian (1) in second quantized form is then given by

Figure 1: Yrast energy eigenstates for (a) repulsive, and (b) attractive interaction for bosons on the ring, obtained by diagonalization of Hamiltonian (9) with the cutoff angular momentum . The spectrum has kinks where is an integral multiple of , and is symmetric with respect to , i.e., . In the large limit, the number of points increases and the discrete yrast energies approach a continuous curve while the curvature and kink points remain unchanged.

Note that all the angular momenta are measured in units of . The eigenstates can be expanded in terms of a Fock-state basis that represents the occupation number of each single-particle angular-momentum state,


These states satisfy the conservation laws


In practice, for numerical calculations we require a cutoff angular momentum . The range of the possible total angular momenta for numerical diagonalization is hence limited to the interval of integer values . In the weakly repulsive interacting regime , which we study in this section, a cutoff of provides a quantitative agreement in energy eigenvalues note2 () with those obtained by the Bethe ansatz shown in Sec. V. Thus all the results from this section are obtained with a cutoff of .

Figure 1 shows the yrast energies , namely, the smallest eigenvalue obtained by the diagonalization of the Hamiltonian within the restricted Hilbert space for (a) and (b) for . The ratio of the mean-field interaction energy to the kinetic energy corresponding to these values of and is (a) , and (b) , respectively. The case of attractive interaction is shown just for reference, as our main interest is in the case of repulsive interactions. As the cutoff angular momentum is , yrast states (eigenstates corresponding to the eigenvalues for ) are plotted. Recall that energies depend only on the magnitude of the angular momentum: for .

The key feature of the spectrum is that there appears a prominent kink at every CMR state . As shown in Sec. II.2, the excitation energy of these states is given by . We note, however, that other states as well as the curvature of the spectrum are also important and determine the existence of another quantum phase, as we show next.

iii.2 Superflow and soliton components

Figure 2: (Color online) Energy eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian (2) obtained by the Legendre transformations (12) of yrast eigenstates in Fig. 1. Each curve is distinguished by a different total angular momentum . The lower panels are enlargements of the upper panels near one of the swallowtail regions. The dashed curves show a comparison to the Gross-Pitaevskii superflow (blue) and soliton (red) branches.

In order to obtain the eigenstates of the LLH in the rotating frame, we transform the yrast spectrum according to the Legendre transformation,


Figure 2 plots energies as a function of , where the finite number of dots, each of which is characterized by the different angular momentum in Fig. 1, become convex downward curves in Fig. 2. Each curve is thus characterized by a different total angular momentum and has a minimum at a certain value of . The degeneracy in the absence of a rotating drive is resolved for finite due to the Sagnac effect 13:Sag (), i.e., the energy difference naturally arises in the corotating, and counter-rotating states with the external rotating drive.

Figure 3: Energy eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian (2) that satisfy the extremization condition for and (a) and (b) . Each thin curve is characterized by an integral average angular momenta, , while each thick point by different nonintegral angular momentum so that each thick curve smoothly connects two thin curves with different angular-momentum states. The energy of the former group agrees with the mean-field energy of the uniform superflow state, while the latter is well approximated by the mean-field energy of solitons.

For repulsive interactions [Fig. 2(a)], the energy corresponds to the ground state where is the ground-state CMR quantum number given by Eq. (7). The angular-momentum states with correspond to the CMR states, and the center of the parabola is located at at which the CMR state becomes the ground state. On the other hand, for attractive interactions [Fig. 2 (b)] the CMR state is not always a ground state, and is partially substituted for by the nonintegral average angular-momentum states.

The transformation of the yrast spectrum according to Eq. (12) tells us that the eigensolutions of the Hamiltonian in the rotating frame have an extremely high density of states around due to the crossing of many eigenvalues. These regions are enlarged in the lower panels of Fig. 2 for both signs of , where we also plot the energies of the stationary states given by the mean-field theory. Swallowtails were previously found within the mean-field theory to occur past the phase transition boundary between the uniform superflow and broken-symmetry soliton states 09:KCU (). In the microscopic quantum theory, the high-density region also forms an upward/downward swallowtail-shape domain for repulsive/attractive interactions, and the region is almost filled by various energy eigenvalues of various angular-momentum states crossing each other. The domain with the high-density swallow-tail shape looks as if it is enclosed by the two kinds of stationary branches predicted by the mean-field theory.

Figure 4: (Color online) Average angular momentum that gives for (a) repulsive and (b) attractive interactions with . Solid curves plot the single-particle angular momentum obtained by the mean-field theory.

Although all the angular-momentum states shown in Fig. 2 are eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian (2), not all states are realized in practice. One example is vortex formation in a scalar condensate under rotation. Solving the yrast problem in two dimensions results in all the angular-momentum states, including the rest condensate (), off-axis vortex (), a centered vortex (), and vortex lattices (). In experiment, however, one drives the system with a specific angular frequency. In such a situation, there exists a small distortion in the trap, which “selects” a metastable angular-momentum state with respect to the variation in the angular momentum of the condensate. As a result, in reality one does not observe a stationary off-centered vortex except as a transient state.

The same argument applies to our case. In the presence of any kind of noise, such as an infinitesimal distortion of the trapping potential, quantum measurement of the matter wave, or whatever else breaks the translation symmetry of the ring trap, the realizable stationary state or metastable stationary state is determined by extremization with respect to variations in angular momentum. In order to find the metastable states we impose the condition


with and being fixed.

Figure 3 plots energy eigenvalues that satisfy the condition (13) as a function of ; and Fig. 4 shows the corresponding angular momentum. These figures are quite similar to those given by mean-field theory, i.e., by imposing the stationary condition (13) for the manifold of eigenvalues we identify the mean-field stationary branches. The resultant branches are classified into two kinds according to the value of the angular momentum and have physical meanings as follows:

Superflow: Due to the kink in the yrast spectrum at in Fig. 1, these CMR states always satisfy the condition (13). In particular, for the weakly interacting regime the CMR states can be specifically called uniform superflow states, of which energies are given by Eq. (5) and which correspond to the thin parabolic curves in Fig. 3. The energy of superflow states agrees very well with the plane-wave energy in the mean-field theory 09:KCU ().

Soliton Components: Other kinds of metastable angular-momentum states appear that connect distinct superflow states as a function of , as shown by the thick curves in Fig. 3. The corresponding angular momentum divided by is nonintegral (see Fig. 4), but it approaches integral values at both ends of this branch. These branches are equivalent to the maximum/minimum envelope of the high-density swallow-tail domain for repulsive/attractive interactions, and can be approximated by soliton energies given by the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field theory.

However, we should not call the thick curve a soliton branch in a rigorous sense, because each point of this branch in Fig. 3 is the eigenvalue of the Hamiltonian and thus still possesses translational symmetry, unlike solitons. Instead we should call all the angular-momentum states inside the swallow tail in Fig. 2 the soliton components, because in the presence of infinitesimal noise these states do form a broken-symmetry state, which we denote . Soliton solutions of a Gross-Pitaevskii equation can be interpreted in terms of the eigensolutions of the many-body Hamiltonian as a state where the several eigenvalues in the swallow-tail region are collectively superimposed. The delocalization of a mean-field-like soliton in weakly interacting theories, as demonstrated by Dziarmaga et al. 03:DKS (), is a dynamical demonstration of this idea.

The energy associated with this superposition does not change significantly because the energy required to make it is on the order of . As a result, the energy of the broken-symmetry soliton state is also well approximated by the thick curve in Fig. 3. In the presence of an infinitesimal symmetry-breaking potential, the angular momentum is no longer a good quantum number. However, the expectation value of the angular momentum agrees well with that of the solitons obtained by mean-field theory, and thus behaves like that shown in Fig. 4 08:KCU (). With all these caveats in mind, we briefly say the branch drawn by thick curve in 4 is the quantum soliton branch in the weakly interacting regime.

We also calculate the second derivative with respect to in order to check whether the metastable angular-momentum state is a local maximum or minimum. For repulsive interactions the superflow state with a CM quantum number is indeed the ground state because the second derivative is positive at that point, while the thick points are local maxima with respect to , since the second derivative is negative. For attractive interactions, the ground state is either a plane wave or a bright soliton in but the soliton becomes the sole ground state for . Consistently, the thick curve in Fig. 3 (b) becomes the global minimum.

To sum up this section, we obtained the yrast states of the LLH by diagonalization of the Hamiltonian in the weakly interacting regime. Among these eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian in the rotating frame, we distilled the metastable branches from the variety of yrast spectra by imposing an extremization condition. Two kinds of metastable branches, superflow and quantum soliton, were found, consistent with mean-field theory. The region where the different angular-momentum states in the quantum theory densely cross indeed agrees with the soliton regime predicted by the mean-field and Bogoliubov theories. The phrase “quantum flesh sewn onto classical bones” has been used elsewhere davisED2004 (); bokulich2008 () as a visual metaphor, perhaps inspired by x-ray images, to describe this accord. As we show later, the simple method shown in this section for obtaining metastable states is applicable to other regimes; these two branches continuously exist over a wide range of interaction, from the weakly interacting regime all the way to the strongly interacting TG gas.

Iv Tonks-Girardeau Limit

In the previous section, we studied the weakly interacting limit of the LLH in the rotating frame to demonstrate how to obtain the mean-field-like stationary states. In the opposite limit of the strongly interacting TG regime, where the bosons are impenetrable and hence behave like spinless fermions, the eigenproblem can be calculated via the Bose-Fermi mapping. In this section we thus solve the yrast eigenproblem of free spinless fermions. In particular, we introduce the particle and hole excitations, which are well defined in the fermionized gas, and show that these excitations are related to the mean-field stationary states in the opposite weakly interacting limit.

Figure 5: (Color online) Low-lying yrast ground and excited states of free fermions. (I) Particle excitations where the angular momentum of a particle increases while a hole is positioned at . (II) Hole excitations where a particle is placed at the lowest unoccupied state and the angular momentum of a hole decreases. When is an integral multiple of , only the center-of-mass angular momentum is shifted from the ground-state configuration. The lower panel shows type I and type II excitation energies as a function of for free fermions.

iv.1 Bose-Fermi mapping

The Bose-Fermi mapping theorem 60:Gir () states that the eigenvalues of impenetrable bosons are identical to those of spinless free fermions of the same form of Hamiltonian, and the eigenfunctions of bosons are generally written in terms of those of free fermions as


where is a unit antisymmetric function that takes the value or depending on the order of coordinates. This theorem holds for all the eigensolutions, and hence significantly simplifies our eigenproblem. The detailed properties of the TG gas are reviewed in Ref. 02:GW ().

We first calculate the ground- and excited-state energies of free fermions without taking the thermodynamic limit. For simplicity of notation we show the analytic expression only for an odd total number of particles. For an even number of particles the periodic boundary condition must be taken as antisymmetric.

The ground state of (odd) free fermions is obtained by the occupation of the lowest angular-momentum states from to [see in Fig. 5], where is the Fermi momentum. The ground-state energy is thus


We note that the dependence of Eq. (15) is the same as that of the bound state for attractive interactions, , except for the prefactors 64:MG ().

iv.2 Particle and hole excitations

We next consider the low-lying excitations. Lieb has shown 63:L () that excitation of the repulsively interacting Bose gas in the thermodynamic limit has two branches. The first branch is called type I and was shown to be in agreement with the Bogoliubov spectrum of plane waves in the weakly interacting regime. The second branch is called type II, and this was supposed to be absent in the Bogoliubov spectrum. Intuitively, the type I and II branches correspond to the particle and hole excitations, respectively.

We reconsider these branches in the context of yrast states. For the excited state with total angular momentum , there exist two kinds of excitations, type I (particle excitations) and II (hole excitations), as originally named by Lieb. To obtain these excitations one uses the following procedure.

(I) Remove a particle at the Fermi momentum and place it at the momentum . For free fermions, there is no energy-level reconstruction in an -particle system associated with removal or addition of a particle. The energy of the type I excited state is thus obtained as


Relative to the ground state the energy is


There is no limitation on the single-particle angular momentum for this excitation. Such excitations are doubly degenerate for , for .

This type of excitation has an infinite set for the different CMR states . The particle excitation of the state is achieved by removing a particle at and replacing it at . The resulting excitation energy is given by


(II) Starting from the ground state, remove a particle (create a hole) at the momentum and place the particle at , where . It is clear from Fig. 5 that the hole with this kind of low-lying excitation energy be created only within the range . The energy of this excited state is given by


and the excitation energy is thus


At , the particle configuration in the angular-momentum space is the same as in the ground state, provided that the center-of-mass angular momentum is shifted. Starting from the state , we can consider the same kind of hole excitation, where we now place a particle at the lowest-unoccupied angular momentum , and place a hole at . In this way, the type II excitation is extended for states. This is a hole excitation of angular momentum with a particle fixed at , starting from the yrast state . Since the excitation energy of the CMR state is , the type II hole excitation energy is


where .

Excitation energies of type I and II are plotted in Fig. 5 for for , i.e., up to . The figure shows the spectra as continuous curves according to Eqs. (17) and (21); in fact the finite-size system discretizes these curves. We note that the region was presented in Ref. 63:L ().

iv.3 Metastable hole excitation under rotation

Next we consider the excitations under rotation, i.e., rotate all the yrast spectra according to . The energy of the type II excited state for measured relative to is given by


In a similar manner to the previous section, we look for the metastable angular-momentum states by imposing the extremization condition . By inspection CMR states are (either ground or excited) metastable states. This extremization condition gives another metastable angular momentum,


and the corresponding energy,


As a function of this is a parabolic curve the minimum of which is located at with energy , as shown in Fig. 6. Let us next compare this curve with those of two CMR states and . These CMR energies intersect at with the energy . The minimum of (24) is thus higher than the value by at .

Another important point is the emergence of certain critical angular frequencies where the metastable type II branch disappears and merges into the CMR branch:


The stable angular momentum approaches at , and at , respectively, and the corresponding energy coincides with the energy of CMR states.

This is reminiscent of the uniform superflow to dark soliton transition in the weakly interacting limit, where there exists a critical angular frequency at which the soliton branch bifurcates from the superflow branch. Thus a continuous crossover between these topologically distinct states exists in the TG limit, as well as the weakly interacting limit. Naturally, we can associate the hole excitations in the TG limit with the soliton branch in the weakly interacting limit.

Figure 6: Realizable yrast eigenstates in the strongly interacting TG limit for . All the energies are plotted relative to the ground-state energy of . The thin curves plot the energy of the states with angular momentum and , while the bold curve is the type II excitation energy for . The angular momentum decreases from to according to Eq. (23) along the bold curve.

V Finite-Size Bethe Ansatz

We studied metastable states drawn from the yrast spectrum in the limits of the weakly and strongly interacting TG regimes by the extremization condition of the eigenvalues and by introducing the particle and hole excitations. The goal of this section is (i) to properly interpolate these limits via the finite-size Bethe ansatz approach with the hint that the physical properties of the LLH with repulsive interaction are continuous and (ii) to show that two distinct phases exist over the entire range of repulsive interactions. We also vindicate our hypothesis that the soliton branch in the weakly interacting regime are “hole” excitations of the quasimomenta in general. The ground- and excited-state energies in the thermodynamic limit were given by the integral equation as a continuous limit of the Bethe equations 63:LL (); 63:L (). Recently, the spectrum of LLH was obtained 06:CB () by treating the inverse of the TG parameter, which is infinite at the TG regime, as the expansion parameter, and its analytical interpolation was given 09:CB ().

v.1 Bethe equations for quasi-momenta

We first present how to derive the eigensolutions of the LLH by the Bethe ansatz 97:KY (). The delta-function interaction imposes the conditions


Equation (V.1) is rewritten by the interchange of the subscripts as


where is the many-body wave function. The periodic boundary condition is expressed as . The entire coordinate space is expressed as where is given by a permutation of . The next procedure for solving the problem is to restrict the original coordinate space to the ordered space and solve the Hamiltonian within the ordered space, say, . The LLH and the condition Eq. (27) yield




respectively, where refers to the many-body wave function in the ordered coordinate space. The periodic boundary condition and its derivative in the region are given by


The Schrödinger equation (28) describes free particles. All eigenstates and spectra can therefore be represented formally by those of free particles. The eigenfunction in the region can be written as


where are called quasi-momenta (or quasi-angular momenta). This is the basic idea of the Bethe ansatz: one writes down the many-body wave function in terms of a symmetrized superposition of plane waves with quasi-momenta, which implicitly includes all the effects of interactions. This wave function is a superposition of plane waves with distinct quasi-momenta , means permutations of quasi-momentum indices, and is the coefficient of superposition of plane waves with a different configuration of quasi-momenta .

Substituting the wave function (32) into the conditions (29) and (30), we obtain the equations that determine the values of quasi-momenta :




is the two-body phase shift.

Note that the quasi-angular momenta do not have a physical meaning per se; however, the sum of quasi-angular momenta does have a physical meaning as the total angular momentum,


Energy is also given in terms of as


where the units of quasi-angular momentum and energy are the same as the previous sections, and , respectively. From the boundary condition we obtain simultaneous nonlinear equations (Bethe equations),


which determine the set of values for each atom . Since all the quasi-momenta are known to be real and continuous for positive , Eq. (37) can be separated into real and imaginary parts, both of which are found to give the same set of solutions. Therefore it is sufficient to solve only the real part of the set of equations.

v.2 Weakly interacting regime

Figure 7: (Color online) Comparison of exact yrast eigenenergies of Eq. (36) obtained from the Bethe ansatz, yrast states obtained from the diagonalization of Hamiltonian (9) for , and the plane-wave energy branches for given by the mean-field theory. For Bethe ansatz and diagonalization results, the ground (), and yrast states are plotted on a log scale. The inset enlarges the region on a linear scale.

We numerically solve the real part of the Bethe equations (37) for each set of energy levels characterized by the different total angular momenta. The numerical solution of Eqs. (37) is highly sensitive to the initial set of trial values of . If this initial set is sufficiently close to a solution for a target angular-momentum state, the set of solutions can be correctly obtained. In contrast, if the initial set is closer to another angular-momentum state, the total angular momentum given by Eq. (35) reveals undesired jumps, deviating from the target angular momentum. In such a case we again start from another initial set of trial values of quasi-momenta.

For simplicity we start with consideration of the trivial noninteracting limit where all the quasi-angular momenta , and hence the total angular momentum , are zero for the ground state. The energy of the first excited state corresponds to the degenerate yrast levels , where only one of the quasi-angular momenta has the value or and the remaining quasi-angular momenta are zero. The second excited state has total angular momentum , that is, two of the quasi-angular momenta take the value . Higher excited states can be obtained in a similar way. Starting from these initial conditions, solutions can be obtained from the non-interacting to the strongly interacting regime by gradually increasing the value of .

Results of the Bethe ansatz are obtained by the following steps:

  1. For , the quasi-momenta are given by , , ,  , for and for , for example. Each set is directly calculated by solving Eqs. (37) with the target angular-momentum state from to , respectively.

  2. The states are obtained from a transformation of the first states of (i) via , where . The quasi-momenta are given by a transformation of the following form. For example, with transforms to with .

  3. There exist degenerate spectra with the same magnitude of angular momentum for the yrast states. The corresponding quasi-momenta are given by a transformation, . Although there exist a denumerably infinite number of other kinds of excitations of higher energy, these states are irrelevant for comparison with the previous results. Hence we do not use the larger quantum-number subscript , as in previous sections.

  4. We gradually increase from zero with the step size for , for , and for . The convergence of the numerical solutions of Eqs. (37) is confirmed by comparing both sides of the Bethe equation with the substitution of the solution . We set the tolerance factor, i.e., the difference in the left- and right-hand sides of Eqs. (37), to be . We also required as a secondary convergence criterion that the total angular momentum be conserved to better than in the target angular momentum. If, during the changing of , the angular momentum unexpectedly deviates from the target angular momentum, and/or some of quasi-angular momenta show a jump as a function of , these errors are detectable. For the attractive case, complex solutions of Eqs. (37) appear 07:SDD (), indicating ground-state soliton formation, which we do not treat here.

In Fig. 7, we compare low-lying excited states obtained by three different theoretical methods: Bethe ansatz, diagonalization, and GP mean-field theory. We note that the concept of yrast state for the angular momenta does not exist in the mean-field theory: this theory is concerned only with the single-particle angular momentum, which coincides with the average angular momentum in this theory. We thus plot the mean-field energy for the integral single-particle angular momenta. We plot the first yrast spectra , , as a function of the strength of interaction for . As expected, the rigorous Bethe ansatz spectra have the lowest energy for any , the mean-field plane-wave branch has the highest value, and diagonalization results have values in between those obtained by the Bethe ansatz and mean-field theory. For , the Bethe ansatz and diagonalization results quantitatively agree very well, while the latter becomes larger than the exact spectra for  note2 ().

v.3 Medium- to strongly interacting regime

Figure 8: (a) Eigenvalues of the Lieb-Liniger Hamiltonian (1) obtained by the finite-size Bethe ansatz as a function of interaction for (ground state), and (excited states) where . The horizontal dashed line corresponds to the energy of free fermions (15) with the same number of atoms. (b) Excitation energies of yrast states as a function of angular momentum for fixed strengths of interaction. A, B, C, D, and E correspond to the vertical line in (a). At the energy is that of a CMR state (relative to the unboosted ground state), therefore independent of , and is given by , even in the thermodynamic limit.
Figure 9: (Color online) Eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian (2) that satisfy the extremization condition for (a) weakly interacting mean-field regime, (b) and (c) medium-interaction regime, and (d) strongly interacting TG regime. The corresponding average angular momentum of the thin curves is given by integers . The thick curves, whose average angular momentum is noninteger, come from the type II excitation branch.
Figure 10: (a) Two CMR states with (thin curves) and the type II branch (thick curve) that connects them. The energy is defined relative to the interaction energy . (b) The existence range of the type II branch with angular momenta . At the left (right) boundary, the angular momentum is (), and at (vertical dashed line), decreasing linearly with respect to in the shaded area. (c) Enlargement of (b) in the weakly interacting regime. The solid curve is the phase boundary given by the Bogoliubov theory. (d) Difference between the phase boundaries given by the Bethe ansatz and the Bogoliubov theory. The Bogoliubov phase boundary overestimates the extent of the shaded area.

We now further investigate the yrast states via the Bethe ansatz, going beyond the weakly interacting mean-field regime. Figure 8(a) plots for over a wide range of repulsive interactions, where the horizontal dotted line shows the ground-state energy of free fermions given by Eq. (15). All the ground- and excited-state energies monotonically increase with respect to .

Note, however, that the energy does not monotonically increase with respect to the total angular momentum for a fixed strength of interaction. This is clearly shown in Fig. 8 (b), where we show the excitation energy of yrast states for several values of fixed interaction strengths (indicated as A, B, C, D, and E) as a function of . In the noninteracting limit, the the yrast spectrum is linear with respect to with nodes at . While in a weakly interacting limit (plot A), the spectrum still looks almost linear, as the interaction increases, the kinks in the yrast spectra at become more pronounced due to the large increase in the energy of the yrast state in between . For strong interactions (curve E), the system is in the TG regime, which can be confirmed by the fact that the excitation energy has the value between Eq. (21) for and .

Finally, we observe numerically that the excitation energy of the CMR state is independent of , and is given by Eq. (6), namely . This follows from the nature of the CMR state , which is just a Galilean boost of the nonrotating state; under this transformation interactions are unchanged.

In order to see how these points are transformed in the rotating frame, we again rotate the yrast spectrum according to


The results are shown in Fig. 9 for various strengths of interaction. The thin curves are parabolas for various values of center-of-mass quantum numbers . The lowest possible energy of the CMR state is thus given by at .

The thick curves plot other metastable angular-momentum states, the angular momentum of which is given by a nonintegral multiple of . The weakly interacting mean-field regime is shown in Fig. 9(a), where the type II branch that satisfies the metastable condition just starts to appear. Thus these are the energies of the quantum solitons [see also Fig. 3(a)]. As the interaction increases [Figs. 9(b) and 9(c)] the domain with the swallow-tail shape enclosed by the two CMR branches, as well as the size of the type II branch, increases. In the TG limit [9(d)], the area of the swallow-tail region saturates the spectra.

These behaviors are quantitatively summarized in Fig. 10(a), which shows the energy of metastable states relative to the interaction energy at each strength of interaction. The CMR branches drawn by the thin curves no longer have a -dependence because of the subtraction of , while the thick curve gradually increases the domain over which it extends as increases. For simplicity we plot only two CMR branches with angular momenta , and a metastable state associated with the type II branch that smoothly connects these two CMR states.

As increases, the thick curve appears to bifurcate from the CMR branch with angular momentum at a certain , and at the energy becomes minimum. As increases further, this branch smoothly merges into the CMR branch with angular momentum and eventually disappears at a certain . We therefore find that the same kind of energy bifurcation which was found in the mean-field theory persists over the full range of repulsive interactions.

Figure 10(b) plots the existence range of the metastable-state type II excitation branch. The shaded area indicates the existence of such a branch. For higher angular-momentum uniform superflow states and , the boundary can be obtained by the parallel displacement of this figure along the axis. The angular momentum on the phase boundary is given by , and the angular momentum linearly decreases as increases, just like in Fig. 4 (a). At (vertical dashed line), the value of the angular momentum is given by irrespective of the strength of interaction. At a certain value of the angular momentum eventually goes to zero, causing the metastable hole excitation branch to disappear. This behavior corresponds to the fact that in the mean-field theory the type II branch bifurcates from the plane-wave regime, developing nodes, and it again merges into the plane-wave regime with the increase of  08:KCU (); 09:KCU (). The phase boundary approaches in the strongly interacting regime.

In the lower panel of Fig. 10 the phase boundary is compared with the one obtained by Bogoliubov theory in the weakly interacting regime. Bogoliubov theory thus predicts the quantitatively correct phase boundary to the 5 level in the weakly interacting limit (for ), but it significantly overestimates the phase boundary as the interaction increases.

These results indicate that the continuous change in the topologically distinct quantum phases can be found at any strength of interaction. For larger strength of interaction, the existence range of the type II branch increases. In this existence range the angular momentum changes linearly in , and the rate of change thus decreases for larger coupling constant.

Vi Conclusions

We addressed the continuous topological change in the repulsively interacting 1D Bose gas on a ring, previously found in the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field theory 09:KCU (). In the mean-field theory the Gross-Pitaevskii equation has two kinds of solutions: uniform superflow and the broken-symmetry soliton train as a function of interaction strength and rotation. In the weakly interacting regime, the energy diagram is characterized by the smooth bifurcation of a soliton branch from a plane-wave branch in the rotating frame, which is the key to the continuous change in the topology of the condensate wave function characterized as a self-induced phase slip.

In this article we vindicated this picture starting from the many-body Hamiltonian without assuming the existence of the condensate wave function and spontaneous symmetry breaking. We solved the yrast problem of the original Lieb-Liniger Hamiltonian by three methods: diagonalization of the Hamiltonian in the weakly interacting regime; Bose-Fermi mapping in the strongly interacting TG regime; and the Bethe ansatz approach for all regimes of repulsive interaction strength.

We then obtained the eigensolutions in the rotating frame through transforming the eigenvalues according to specific values of the angular frequency of the external rotating drive . The extremization condition is imposed so that eigensolutions which are realizable in practice are extracted from a very large number of possibilities. The realizable states, namely those metastable under symmetry-breaking perturbations, reveals that two kinds of eigensolutions are physically distinguished. One is the superflow state in which angular momentum is an integral multiple of the number of atoms. The other is a quantum soliton characterized by a set of soliton components, which are also the yrast states. In the weakly interacting regime, the energy and angular momentum obtained by exact diagonalization and the Bethe ansatz agree well with those predicted by the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. This fact bears out the above physical meanings of metastable states. In the opposite limit, the strongly interacting TG limit was studied by the Bose-Fermi mapping. We introduced the concept of particle and hole excitations, which are well defined not only in the fermionized system but also for the whole interaction range in terms of the quasimomenta. The solution was similarly transformed into the rotating frame to extract the metastable states.

In between the weakly interacting mean-field and strongly interacting TG limits, we employed the Bethe ansatz approach. In order to compare with the diagonalization results, the set of Bethe equations was solved without substituting the summation with an integral, and the lowest discrete excited states were found. By the same transformation into the rotating frame, we elucidated how the energy diagram of these topologically distinct states changes as the strength of interaction increases.

Energy and angular momentum of the two kinds of topologically distinct states exist over the whole of repulsive interaction . The quantum phase diagram in the - plane for the quantum soliton with a single density notch and with angular momentum was explicitly shown. This metastable quantum phase transition is technically a crossover: it can occur only in a finite system, as expressed by our choice of units in terms of the ring circumference, and all states are connected analytically. Nevertheless, one finds a sharp change between distinct physical states which will appear as a QPT in experiments.


We thank Joachim Brand, Marvin Girardeau, Ewan Wright, and Tetsuo Deguchi for useful discussions. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant PHY-0547845 as part of the NSF CAREER program (L.D.C.), a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research under Grant Numbers 17071005 (M.U.) and 21710098 (R.K.), and by the Aspen Center for Physics.


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