Role of Fermion Exchanges in Statistical Signatures ofComposite Bosons

Role of Fermion Exchanges in Statistical Signatures of
Composite Bosons

M. Combescot, F. Dubin and M. A. Dupertuis INSP-Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie - CNRS, 140 rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris
ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, Mediterranean Technology Park, E-08860 Castelldefels, Spain
Laboratoire d’Optoélectronique Quantique et Laboratoire de Physique des Nanostructures, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Station 3, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
July 27, 2019

We study statistical signatures of composite bosons made of two fermions using a new many-body approach. Extending number-states to composite bosons, two-particle correlations as well as the dispersion of the probability distribution are analyzed. We show that the particle composite nature reduces the anti-bunching effect predicted for elementary bosons. Furthermore, the probability distribution exhibits a dispersion which is greater for composite bosons than for elementary bosons. This dispersion corresponds to the one of sub-Poissonian processes, as for a quantum state, but, unlike its elementary boson counterpart, it is not minimum. In general, our work shows that it is necessary to take into account the Pauli exclusion principle which takes place between fermionic components of composite bosons - along the line here used - to possibly extract statistical properties in a precise way.

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Quantum particles obey statistical laws that are highlighted by high-order correlations. This has first been shown for light fields, by the discovery of photon bunching in two-photon correlations from an incoherent source HBT (). Thereafter, second-order correlations have become increasingly important, particularly to distinguish classical from quantum states of light MWolf (); Scully (). Indeed, classical states are characterized by bunched two-photon correlations while quantum states yield anti-bunching. For elementary bosons, two-particle correlations are directly connected to the variance of the probability distribution which is usually expressed through the so-called Mandel parameter Mandel1979 (). The latter compares the dispersion of the distribution to the one of Poissonian processes. Hence, quantum states correspond to negative values of , i.e., they follow sub-Poissonian statistics, while classical states lead to positive values of since these can solely follow Poissonian and super-Poissonian statistics.

Recent advances with ultra-cold atoms have shown that analysis of second-order correlations is also well suited to probe matter states (see Bloch2008 () and references therein). Most notably, anti-bunching and bunching effects have been observed while measuring two-particle correlations of degenerate Fermi and Bose gases Fohling2005 (); Rom2006 (); Jeltes2007 (). In quantum mechanical terms, these effects are due to interfering amplitudes for the two paths that particles can take to reach the detectors. Intimately, bunching and anti-bunching reflect the statistics obeyed by the quantum particles: Bose-Einstein statistics imposes addition of the amplitudes, i.e., constructive interference, while Fermi-Dirac statistics yields destructive interference. In the latter case, as for elementary bosons, an anti-bunching effect signals that the matter state has no classical analog. Note that fermion anti-bunching was also observed for electrons Oliver1999 (); Henry1999 (); Kiesel2002 () and neutrons Iannuzzi2006 ().

One encounters a more complex situation while studying composite bosons made of two fermions. In an ensemble of such quantum particles, the Pauli exclusion principle induces fermion exchanges between composite bosons which therefore do not exactly follow Bose-Einstein statistics. Semiconductor excitons constitute a good example of such composite bosons. These are made of electron-hole pairs and fermion exchanges between the electrons and holes of these excitons are highlighted by optical nonlinearities SC (). Interacting Fermi gases, made of e.g. Li and K, constitute other systems where composite bosons can be studied. In ultra-cold samples 11 (), these offer an interesting route towards precise investigation of the Pauli exclusion principle. Indeed, exchanges between fermionic components can be varied, for instance when imbalanced spin populations interact 12 ().

Recently, a significant breakthrough was made in the theoretical description of composite bosons made of two fermions. A novel formalism, free from any mapping to an ideal boson subspace, has been constructed, and a visualization of the physical processes taking place between composite bosons (cobosons) has been proposed through the so-called “Shiva” diagrams (see report () for a general review). This coboson many-body theory relies on two sets of scatterings: the “interaction scatterings” and the “Pauli scatterings”. The first ones correspond to interactions between the fermionic components of two cobosons in the absence of fermion exchanges while Pauli scatterings correspond to fermion exchanges between two cobosons, without any fermion interaction.

In this work, we use this new many-body approach to study the influence of fermion exchanges in statistical signatures of composite bosons. To highlight corresponding effects, we extend number-states to composite bosons by considering a many-body state constructed from identical coboson creation operators. Hence, we evaluate the number of coincidences in two-particle correlations, , as well as the variance of the field which is calculated through the Mandel parameter .

For number-states made of elementary bosons, , where is the field-particle creation operator and the vacuum state, it is known that and read as (1-1/) and (-1) respectively: Number-states exhibit an anti-bunched second-order correlation function and yield the greatest negative value for the Mandel parameter. This implies that measurements of such states are made with the greatest sensitivity, i.e., that noise is reduced at the smallest level. For composite bosons in a many-body state , we find that fermion exchanges modify the number of coincidences which now reads in the large limit. is a positive correction whose dominant term increases linearly with the dimensionless parameter associated to the composite boson density, being the coboson extension, the sample size and the space dimension. Consequently, two-particle correlations of composite bosons present a reduced anti-bunching effect when compared to elementary bosons. Furthermore, the amplitude of the -parameter for the state reads as . Hence, the dispersion of the probability distribution is increased by fermion exchanges. In general, our analysis shows that it is necessary to take into account the Pauli exclusion principle between fermionic components of composite bosons in order to possibly extract statistical properties of these quantum particles in a precise way.

I Physical Understanding

Statistical properties of quantum fields are often studied through the second-order correlation function. The latter evaluates fluctuations in the number of field-particles for a given many-body state. Precisely, it measures the normalized probability to detect a particle conditioned upon detection of a previous particle. The normalized number of two-particle coincidences in a state 0 is defined as


where / is the mean value of the operator in state , the field-particle creation operator being .

For elementary bosons, comparison between the normalized number of coincidences and 1 allows us to deduce whether fluctuations of the number of particles follow classical or quantum statistics. Another way to study the variance of the number of particles and to characterize a quantum field is via the so-called Mandel parameter which precisely reads


where is the number-operator for the state .

The parameter compares the fluctuations of the field number-operator to that of a Poissonian source Mandel1979 (). A negative signals that the field statistics is sub-Poissonian and hence corresponds to the one of a quantum state. Most striking examples are obtained for the number-states of particles with bosonic statistics, i.e. . For these, we find and for any particle . Note that is the greatest possible negative value allowed for the Mandel parameter since the ratio in Eq.(2) is always positive: its denominator is the norm of while its numerator is the norm of where is the projector over the subspace perpendicular to , this operator being such that .

To demonstrate that fermion exchanges play an important role in statistical signatures of composite bosons, we extend boson number-states to cobosons and consider the unnormalized ket to evaluate and . In order to understand how fermionic components affect these two quantities in a simple way, let us start with =2 since most physical effects induced by the Pauli exclusion principle already appear with just two composite particles.

i.1 Two composite bosons

Since is a zero-pair state, is equal to ; so that by noting that is nothing but , the normalized two-particle coincidences reduce to


To better see differences induced by the particle composite nature, let us briefly reconsider elementary bosons, i.e., bosons such that . We then have = so that = 2 and . Consequently while and . This leads to the expected results, namely and which is nothing but taken for .

We now turn to composite bosons. These have creation operators which do not exactly follow bosonic commutation rules report (), but instead


where the so-called “deviation-from-boson” operator, , is such that while


The parameters are the composite bosons ”Pauli scatterings”; they describe fermion exchanges between () in the absence of fermion interaction (see Fig. 1.(a)).

Figure 1: Shiva diagrams representing fermion exchanges between composite bosons. Fermionic components are represented by solid and dashed lines. (a): Fermion exchange between two ”in” cobosons in states leading to the formation of two ”out” cobosons in states . This diagram represents the Pauli scattering . (b): Fermion exchanges between three composite bosons. Two possible ways to decompose fermion exchanges between three ”in” cobosons and three ”out” cobosons are represented, as appearing in Eqs (7) and (38). For , this corresponds to the three-body scattering appearing in Eq.(8).

The previous commutators give - and where we have set while


This allows one to find such that . This also leads to . In order to calculate in an easy way, it is convenient to first note that . From as given above, we then find that where corresponds to the Shiva diagram for fermion exchanges between three composite bosons 0, shown in Figure 1.(b). All this leads to


The most convenient way to obtain is to first calculate knowing given above. By noting that , where corresponds to the Shiva diagram for fermion exchanges between four composite bosons , we end with


Before going further, we can check that the above results for cobosons reduce to the ones for elementary bosons when all fermion exchanges, i.e. all ’s, are dropped.

For cobosons with center of mass momentum Q and relative motion index , it is possible to show report () that . This makes a positive constant of the order of where is the spatial extension of the relative motion state and the space dimension. For 3D excitons or Hydrogen atoms, for which =, we find


This leads to = and = which makes and (-) appearing below, in the Mandel parameter, a positive constant equal to .

By collecting all the above results, we end with a normalized number for two-particle coincidences of composite bosons which reads as


while the Mandel parameter is given by


This shows, for , that the number of two-particle coincidences is slightly higher for composite bosons than for elementary ones. We also find that the Mandel parameter is increased. As seen from Eqs.(11,12), the corresponding variations are solely controlled by the Pauli exclusion principle, through the exchange scatterings between cobosons . Unlike elementary bosons for which the second-order correlation function and the Mandel parameter depend on only, their counterparts for composite bosons also depend on the state at hand.

i.2 Guess for N composite bosons

If we now turn to elementary bosons, number-states are such that such that and for all , whatever the state is.

For composite bosons, a ”rule of the thumb” gives intuitively the leading term in the small density limit, through the replacement of by in the result for . Since and are both of the order of (a/L), we are led to guess the Mandel parameter as


where is the previously defined dimensionless parameter associated to density. The situation for is more ambiguous. From Eq.(11), we might guess


This would lead to a crossover from anti-bunching to bunching when crosses , i.e., when the system size increases - which is very unlikely physically. However, we might as well guess


which maintains the anti-bunching effect for all sample sizes since the expansions performed in these calculations only hold for 1. The purpose of the next section is to demonstrate that Equations (13) and (15) are indeed the correct expressions of and . To do it, we must go deeper into the composite boson many body theory.

Ii Second-order correlations for N composite bosons

ii.1 Key results from the coboson many-body theory

Many-body effects between composite bosons linked to fermion exchanges are obtained through the two following commutators report ()


Note that these two commutators reduce to Eqs.(4,5) when .

Using them, it is possible to show that the normalization factor for cobosons in the same state, differs from its elementary bosons value (), due to fermion exchanges taking place between them. This led us to write


where the ’s, which enter all calculations involving a large number of identical cobosons, follow the recursion relation

The ’s are the previously defined scatterings for fermion exchanges between cobosons , as shown in Fig. 1 for =2 or 3.

Equation (16) readily shows that


with given in Eq.(6). The above equation used for and then for , allows us to show that


This last equation will turn very useful in calculating matrix elements involving the number-operator.

ii.2 Calculation of

Since , Eqs.(18) and (21) give the mean value of the particle 0 number-operator as


where we have set .

For cobosons, Eq.(LABEL:eq18) gives and , so that the above equation agrees with Eq. (8). For elementary bosons, reduces to 1 and consequently all the differences reduce to zero. Hence, the number operator mean value reduces to , as expected. By contrast, for composite bosons are negative scalars since is a decreasing function of , as seen from Eq.(LABEL:eq18). This makes the number operator mean value for cobosons smaller than its elementary boson value , due to a ”moth-eaten” effect similar to the one we have already found in other problems dealing with composite bosons: when a coboson 0 is added to other cobosons 0, the additional coboson feels the other ’s through the Pauli exclusion principle. Therefore elementary fermion pair states are blocked and thus missed in its linear combination, as if these were ”eaten” by ”moths”. This picture allows us to physically understand all decreases found for cobosons, when compared to their counterpart elementary boson values.

By repeatedly using Eq.(21) for , split as , we can show that


Again, for cobosons is smaller than its value for elementary bosons, due to the same moth-eaten effect, since all the are negative. Using , as deduced from Eq. (LABEL:eq18), it is possible to check that the above equation agrees with Eq.(9) when .

The two above equations allow us to write the mean quadratic deviation in a compact form in terms of two differences only, namely


Since, in the small density limit, and , as deduced from Eq.(LABEL:eq18), we find that the mean quadratic deviation has no term in , its small density dominant term being . Using Eqs. (22), it is then easy to show that the small density value of given in Eq. (13), as guessed from the rule of the thumb, is fully correct.

ii.3 Calculation of

The calculation of the normalized number of coincidences is a little more demanding. To evaluate the numerator of , we first rewrite using the commutator (4). This yields


The first term readily follows from Eqs.(22,23). To express the second term in a compact form is more difficult. Non-trivial manipulations are indeed necessary, otherwise we end with expansions which are far from obvious to sum. These manipulations are reported in the Appendix. They lead to


where , defined as


tends to in the large sample limit (see Appendix).

Using Eqs.(22,23,25,26), it is then easy to show that


If we now remember that, in the large sample limit, tends to , to and to , we find that the bracket in the above equation tends to . We then deduce using Eq.(22) that is given by


in agreement with the result guessed in Eq.(15), since in the large limit.

Iii Conclusions

By extending number-states to composite bosons, we have shown that the Pauli exclusion principle modifies statistical signatures of composite bosons many-body quantum states. This is underlined through the particular evaluation of the number of coincidences in two-particle correlations and the dispersion of the corresponding probability distribution. These explicitly reflect fermion exchanges between components of composite bosons. We find that the number of coincidences in second-order correlations is enhanced compared to elementary bosons, so is the variance of the field. However, main statistical signatures are found to be preserved. Indeed, the extension of number-states to composite bosons still presents a strong quantum character, with a Mandel -parameter close to (-1).

To highlight these effects in the simplest way, we have first considered composite bosons. From results obtained for just cobosons, we can use a rather intuitive ”rule of the thumb” to determine the number of coincidences in two-particle correlations as well as the -parameter for arbitrary . The corresponding expressions, guessed from the results, are thereafter confirmed by -body calculations. These are done following a procedure we recently proposed report () to handle fermion exchanges between composite bosons, exactly.

In general, our analysis confirms that the statistics of bosonic fields is modified by the underlying fermionic components of composite bosons. Precisely, fermion exchanges correlate composite boson states. This, in particular, makes the mean value of the number-operator smaller for composite bosons than for elementary ones. Therefore, coherence properties of composite bosons can not be directly deduced from their elementary boson counterparts. For that purpose, the derivation of operators peculiar to composite bosons, in order to possibly define ”number-states” and ”coherent-states”, would be highly valuable.

Iv Appendix

This appendix is dedicated to the calculation of in a compact form. For that, we first use the commutator (5). This allows us to write


The part in the first term is obtained by mixing Eqs.(17) and (20) . This leads to


By using Eq. (21), it is then easy to show that the first term of Eq.(30) also reads as


In the second term of Eq.(30), we use Eq.(20) for and then the same Eq.(20), but for . This leads to


where is defined by


All this allows us to rewrite Eq.(30) as


To get in a compact form is considerably more difficult. Since it contains two Pauli scattering at least, through the two operators, we can already say that its leading term must be in . This is going to give a contribution to , negligible compared to the dominant term of , expected to be in . Nevertheless, let us now show, for completeness, how a compact expression of can be obtained.

The trick is to note that, for given in Eq.(6), we have, using Eq.(16)


where is nothing but the operator defined in Eq.(7) since is the three-body exchange scattering with three cobosons 0 on the right and two cobosons 0 plus one coboson m on the left, as readily seen from Figure 1.(b). By using the above equation for but Eq.(20) for , it becomes easy to show that


The next step is to calculate . This is done by again using Eq.(36) for and then Eq.(20) for . This leads to


So that we ultimately find the expression of given in Eq.(27). By using the values of and in the small density limit, given above, we can show that . The correction to induced by this term, is thus found to be of the order of , as expected.


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