Phase separated charge density wave phase in two species extended Bose-Hubbard model

Phase separated charge density wave phase in two species extended Bose-Hubbard model

Abstract

We study the quantum phase transitions in a two component bose-mixture in a one-dimensional optical lattice. The calculations have been performed in the framework of the extended Bose-Hubbard model using the finite size density matrix renormalization group method. We obtain different phase transitions for the system for integer filling. When the inter-species on-site and the nearest neighbor interactions are larger than the intra-species on-site and also the nearest neighbor interactions, the system exhibits a phase separated charge density wave (PSCDW) order that is characterized by the two species being spatially separated and existing in the density wave phases.

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I Introduction

Ultra cold atoms in the optical lattices can provide new insights into quantum phase transitions (1). The remarkable control of the interaction strengths between the atoms by tuning the laser intensity  (2) leads to the experimental realization of the superfluid (SF) to Mott insulator (MI) transition which was predicted by Jaksch et al  (3). The observation of the SF to MI transition in the one-dimensional (1D) optical lattice  (4) has further enhanced the interest in the search for new quantum phases in the low dimensional bosonic systems. Recent realization of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in strongly dipolar atoms  (5) has enlarged the domain of interaction space to investigate various quantum phase transitions and other possible subtle characters of bosons at different limit that can be experimentally observed. When atoms with large dipole moments loaded into the optical lattices, the long range interaction between the atoms plays very important role, in addition to the onsite interaction, in the determination of the ground state. This system can be described by the extended Bose-Hubbard (EBH) model, which includes the nearest neighbor interaction along with the onsite repulsion, exhibiting many new phases such as charge density wave (CDW) (sometime known as mass density wave (MDW)) (6); (7), Haldane insulator order(8) and exotic supersolid  (9) et cetera..

On the other hand, the study of mixtures of atoms such as bose-bose (10); (11), bose-fermi (12); (13) and fermi-fermi (14); (15) have attracted much attention in recent years because of the successful realization of such systems in optical lattices. In the case of bose-bose mixture, the theoretical models take on-site intra- and inter-species interactions into consideration to describe the system in a large domain of system parameters and the competition between them opens-up many new possible quantum phases  (16); (17); (18); (19). Recent studies in the one-dimensional two species bose mixtures have revealed a spatially phase separated (PS) phase (20); (21), when the inter-species interaction is greater than the intra-species interaction. This phase separation can either of SF or MI type depending upon the strong interplay between the on-site intra-species and inter-species interactions (20). In this context, it is very interesting and relevant to study the bose mixtures of dipolar atoms to investigate the underlying influence of long range interactions on these phases. Prior theoretical studies of such systems will be helpful to guide the direction of experimental investigations. Our aim of this work is to extend the search for new possible phases by taking into account the nearest neighbor interactions along with the onsite intra- and inter- species interactions in the two species bose mixture which we have studied earlier (20). We employ the finite size density matrix renormalization group (FS-DMRG) method to study the system.

We have organized the remaining part of the paper in the following way. In Sec. II, we present the theoretical model that we have considered, followed by the method of calculations. We have given a brief discussions of the cases that we have taken into account in this work and a detailed analysis of the results in Sec. III and Sec. IV, respectively. Finally, we conclude our findings in the last section.

Ii Model Hamiltonian and method of calculations

In this work, we consider bose mixtures of dipolar atoms in an 1D optical lattice. The corresponding effective Hamiltonian for such systems can be expressed as

(1)

where and (with ) represent the annihilation and creation operators, respectively, for bosonic atoms of or types on site whose number operators are defined by . In the above equation, , and are the amplitudes for the hopping between nearest neighboring sites, the on-site and nearest neighbor intra-species repulsive interactions, respectively. The inter-species on-site and nearest neighbor interactions are represented by and , respectively. It is obvious from Eq. (1) that there are at least 8 independent parameters in the model. Since it is not possible to vary all these parameters at a time to grasp the underlying physics of the above model, we restrict ourselves to some special range of parameters which are guided by some cases that have already been studied earlier (6); (20). We also keep the symmetry between both the and types of bosons by assuming , and . We scale the energy of the whole system with respect to by setting its value as unity.

In our earlier study in the absence of nearest neighbor interactions; i.e. , many interesting phases had been predicted. In particular, our work revealed the possible existence of both the species being in SF phases, the system as a whole existing as a MI and phase separated superfluid (PSSF) and phase separated Mott insulator (PSMI) (20) by varying the onsite interaction strengths of both and type bosons. It was shown that a phase separation between SF phases of and is possible when is considered (slightly) larger than . When the total density of the system was an integer () with density of each species equal to half (), we had predicted SF, PSSF and PSMI phases in the and phase space. Furthermore, in the incommensurate densities with , and , we had found only the SF and PSSF phases. In contrast to this case, when was considered, only the SF phase was possible for the incommensurate densities while signatures of both the SF and MI phases with a continuous SF to MI phase transitions were found for the commensurate densities.

The aim of this work is to investigate how these phases evolve in the presence of intra- and inter-species nearest neighbor interactions. For a better analysis of a particular situation, we restrict ourselves to the commensurate densities, especially the case when with . This choice is governed by the knowledge that we have acquired from the following studies in the phase diagram of (i) the extended Bose Hubbard model for density  (6) for a single species boson and (ii) the two species Bose Hubbard model for densities and  (20). Our analysis of the results from the present study is based upon the findings of the above two cases and conclusions are drawn with respect to them.

Model (1) is a difficult problem to study analytically. We have employed FS-DMRG method with open-boundary condition to determine the ground state. This method has been proved to be one of the most powerful techniques for 1D systems (22); (6); (23). We have considered a soft-core case by keeping the number of bosonic states per site for each species as four (). We allow up to states in the density matrix of the left and right blocks in each iteration of the FS-DMRG calculations. The weight of the states neglected in the density matrix of left and right blocks are less than . To get a better convergence of the ground state energies of various phases, especially for larger values of intra- and inter-species nearest neighbor interactions, we have performed the finite size sweeping procedure  (6) twice in each iteration of the FS-DMRG method.

To identify the ground states of various phases of the model Hamiltonian given by Eq. (1), we calculate the single particle excitation gap defined as the difference between the energies needed to add and remove one atom from a system of atoms; i.e.

(2)

We also calculate the on-site number density as

(3)

Here , as mentioned before, is an index representing type or bosons, with () corresponds to total number of () bosons in the ground state of a system of length with the ground state energy .

In the appearance the SF phase is signaled by for . However, for a finite system is finite, and we must extrapolate to limit, which is best done by finite size scaling of gap(6); (24). In the critical region

(4)

where is the correlation length which diverges in the SF phase. Thus plots of versus interaction for different values of coalesce in the SF phase. On the other hand, when this trend does not follow then the system can be said to be in the MI phase.

We also define the CDW order parameter for the bosons as

(5)

So when the CDW order parameter of the system is finite then the system is assumed to be in the CDW phase. Since of the system is constant, it is clear from the above equation that the density of the bosons will oscillate when they are in the CDW phase.

To find whether the ground state is in the spatially phase separated, we calculate the PS order parameter, which is given by

(6)

When is finite, the system is said to be in the PS phase. Therefore, the system can be simultaneously in PS and one of the SF, MI or CDW phases which can be distinguished by determining both and one of the above properties to identify the other corresponding phase.

Figure 1: Gap versus for different values of for , and . converges to a finite values signaling Mott insulator phase.
Figure 2: Plots of and versus for and , respectively, showing PSMI and MI phases.
Figure 3: Plots of and versus for showing intermingled CDW phases for and types of bosons.

Iii Pre-analysis of results

Before presenting the details of our results, we first summarize the main features of our study here. In this study, our main focus is to understand the effects of intra- and inter-species nearest neighbor interactions between the atoms on the PSMI phase. As mentioned earlier, the PSMI phase is possible only if , when . As we show below there is a stringent condition for the PSMI phases when the nearest neighbor interactions are finite. In the present work, we fix and consider two values of intra-species on-site interaction and . Our previous study (20) had yielded the ground state of model (1) with is in PSMI phase for these values of intra- and inter-species on-site interactions. Similarly, the phase diagram of the single species EBH model (6) shows that ground state for varies first from MI to SF as the nearest neighbor interaction increases from zero and then to the CDW phase for the larger values of . However, for , there is no SF phase sandwiched between the MI and CDW phases and the transition between them is direct. We present below the results obtained from this investigation, where the nearest neighbor interactions are finite.

Figure 4: Plot of CDW order parameter for -type atoms as a function of for values of ranging from to in steps of . The goes to zero for where as it is nonzero for higher values of which shows the transition to CDW phase at .

One feature which emerges from our study is that when intra- and inter-species nearest neighbor interactions are finite, the PSMI phase is possible only for . We find that for a fixed and , the ground state evolves from PSMI to PSSF phases as steadily increases from an initial value of zero and at some critical value it evolves into the PSCDW phase, where and species of atoms reside in the opposite sides of the lattice and each of them showing a density oscillation as expected in the CDW phase. However, for , the transition from PSMI to PSCDW phase is direct with no PSSF phase sandwiched between them. In other words for and , each type of bosons are phase separated, thus minimizing the energy corresponding to inter-species on-site and nearest neighbor interactions and the PS regions behave like a single species EBH model.

However, for , small value of is sufficient enough to destroy the PSMI phase and the system evolves into the MI phase where the densities of and bosons are equal, but with a finite gap in the single particle energy spectrum. As increases further the system evolves into a CDW phase with densities of both and type atoms exhibiting oscillations. However, these oscillations are shifted by one lattice site. This behavior is distinctly different from the single species EBH model.

Iv Results and discussions

We now present the details of our results. We begin with the case , , . Calculating the gap in the energy spectrum using Eq. (2), we observe that the system is always gapped for the entire range of . Figure  (1) shows a plot of gap versus for few values of . A finite gap is a signature of the insulator phase in the system.

Figure 5: Scaling of gap is plotted as a function of for different system sizes for , and . Gap remain finite for all the values of and shows the PSMI-PSCDW transition at .
Figure 6: Scaling of gap is plotted as a function of for different system sizes for , and . Coalescence of different plots between shows a gapless PSSF phase sandwiched between PSMI and PSCDW phases.

In order to investigate the nature of this insulator phase, we further obtain the density distributions and of both and species bosons using Eq. (3) and they are plotted in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 respectively. When V is equal to zero or very small, the insulator phase as shown in Fig.2 has and atoms spatially separated; i.e. it is in the PSMI phase. For small , the system behaves like a two species Bose-Hubbard model. As increases, further the species distribute themselves through the lattice (see Fig.2) thereby destroying the phase separation. Since there is a gap in the excitation spectrum, this corresponds to the MI phase. The critical value of for this PSMI to MI transition is for , and . Further increase of drives the system to a phase where the two like atoms cannot occupy the adjacent sites because of large . The competition between intra- and inter species interactions leads to an energetically favored state where the atoms arrange themselves as shown in Fig. 3. Both and type bosons exhibits CDW oscillations, however, they share adjacent sites to minimize the effect of on-site inter species interactions. The oscillation in and increases and then stabilizes at a higher . This is a CDW phase and the density oscillations of and species atoms are shifted by one lattice site. The phase transition from MI to this intermingled CDW phase has a critical value of , which is obtained by plotting the CDW order parameter , for different values of ranging from to in steps of , versus as shown in Fig. (4). We notice that the goes to zero for where it is finite for higher values of . It should be noted that for the single species extended Bose Hubbard model, the for MI to CDW transition was found to be approximately equal to  (6). Thus for , and , the nearest neighbor interaction between the species favors a CDW over a MI phase. The similar behavior is also seen for . So we arrive at the conclusion at this juncture that for and , the PSMI phase is unstable in the presence of a small inter species nearest neighbor interaction. The phase diagram will then consist of PSMI, MI and CDW phases. However, it is interesting to note that the CDW phase is in fact two intermingled CDW, each for the two different species.

Figure 7: Plots of and versus for and two different vales of ; (a) showing PSMI phase and (b) showing PSCDW phase.
Figure 8: Plot of as a function of for values of ranging from to in steps of .

Now, we proceed to discuss the other situation when . Considering , we obtain the gap , local density distributions ( and ) and the CDW order parameters for both and . The most important feature seen in this case is that the phase separation survives for all the considered values of . and species of atoms are present in the opposite sides of the lattice. Since the inter-species (both on-site and nearest neighbor) interactions are larger than the intra-species interactions, the PS phase is always energetically favored compared to the uniform case since the chances of and atoms sharing the same site or the nearest neighboring sites are minimized. In other words, the importance of and in the present system is minimized by the PS phase and only interactions left to compete with each other are the on-site and nearest neighbor intra-species interactions. That means both and atoms in the PS phase behave like a single species EBH model. We establish these results below by analyzing the gap, local densities and CDW order parameters.

In Fig. 5, we plot the scaling of gap as a function of for on-site interaction . The curves for different lengths do not coalesce anywhere in the figure which is the signature of the finite gap in the single particle energy spectrum  (6). This implies that the phase will be either a PSMI or a PSCDW. In contrast, different curves coalesce for for as shown in Fig. 6 suggesting the existence of SF phase (6) sandwiched between two gapped phases. To understand the nature of these phases, we plot, in Fig. 7, and for two specific values of , one each representing PSMI and PSCDW phases. Phase separation can be clearly seen in these figures. Plots of these kind yield a PSMI phase for . The phase separated phase has the average density (see Fig.7(a)). For , the gap vanishes but the phase separation order parameter remains finite, giving rise to a PSSF phase. And finally for larger value of , we have a clear PSCDW phase (See Fig.7(b)). The CDW order parameters plotted in Fig.8 remain non-zero for the PSCDW phase. It may be noted that in the PS phase when calculating the CDW order parameter, say for bosons, only the spatially separated regions; i.e. right hand side of the lattice is considered since the density of bosons is zero in the left part of the lattice. Therefore, for , we have a transition from PSMI to PSSF as increases. On further increase of leads to a transition from the PSSF to the PSCDW phase. However, the transition from PSMI to PSCDW is direct for as seen from Fig.5. So we conclude here that for and , the system has a PS phase for all values of and it behaves like a single species BH model in this PS region.

V Conclusions

We have investigated the ground state properties of a two species extended Bose-Hubbard model using the finite size density matrix renormalization group method. We study the system for integer filling; i.e. with . Starting with a phase separated Mott insulator phase (i.e. keeping ) and varying the nearest neighbor interaction strengths, we predict a transition from phase separated Mott insulator to Mott insulator and then to charge density wave phase for . The charge density wave phase in this case is actually an intermingled charge density wave phase, where both and species of atoms show density oscillations, but are shifted by one lattice site. For the phase separation breaks for a very small nearest neighbor interaction strength. However when , the phase separation is robust. For large values of , the ground state evolves from phase separated Mott insulator to phase separated charge density wave phase with a direct transition between them. This is expected to be a first order phase transition  (6). For smaller values of , a phase separated superfluid phase is sandwiched between the phase separated Mott insulator and phase separated charge density wave phases. This is similar to that of a single species extended Bose-Hubbard model except that the two species are phase separated. We hope the present results will stimulate future experiments.

Vi acknowledgments

We thank B. P. Das for many useful discussions. This work was supported by DST, India (Grants No. SR/S2/CMP-0014/2007).

Footnotes

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