Self-consistent theory of Bose-Einstein condensate with impurity at finite temperature

Self-consistent theory of Bose-Einstein condensate with impurity at finite temperature

Abdelâali Boudjemâa Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Hassiba Benbouali University of Chlef P.O. Box 151, 02000, Ouled Fares, Chlef, Algeria.

We study the properties of Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC)-impurity mixtures at finite temperature employing the Balian-Vénéroni (BV) variational principle. The method leads to a set of coupled nonlinear equations of motion for the condensate and its normal and anomalous fluctuations on the one hand, and for the impurity on the other. We show that the obtained equations satisfy the energy and number conserving laws. Useful analytic expressions for the chemical potential and the radius of both condensate and anomalous components are derived in the framework of the Thomas-Fermi (TF) approximation in -dimensional regime. Effects of the impurity on these quantities are discussed.

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I Introduction

In the past decade, BEC-impurity mixtures have been the subject of intense experimental Chik (); Ciam (); Gunter (); Bew (); Ospe (); Pal (); Brud (); Will (); Cat (); bloch () and theoretical Jack1 (); Tim1 (); Tim2 (); Tim3 (); Tim4 (); Temp (); Jack2 (); Jack3 (); Tim4 (); Tim5 (); Stef () studies. These mixtures have been also investigated in the case where the surrounding medium is fermionic atoms, the so-called Fermi polaron problem (see for review Piet ()).

Most of the above studies ignore completely the behavior of BEC-impurity systems at finite temeprature. The effects of the temperature are however important, in particular on the fluctuations, on the expansion of the condensate, and on the thermodynamics of the system. Certainly, the dynamics of the BEC-impurity at nonzero temperature is a challenging problem since for example the Bogoliubov approximation becomes invalid, at least at large times, and large thermal phase fluctuations have to be taken into account even at low temperatures where density fluctuations are small. It is therefore instructive to derive a self-consisent approach describing the static and the dynamics of BEC-impurity mixtures at finite temperature especially since that all experiments actually take place at nonzero temperatures.

Our approach is based on the time-dependent BV variational principle BV1 (); BV2 (); Bon (); koo (); BV3 (); BV4 (); BV5 (). During the last three decades, this principle has been applied in different area of physics. First, it has been used to various quantum problems including heavy ion reactions BV1 (); BV2 (); Bon (); koo (), quantum fields out of equilibrium Jakiw (); Cic () attempts to go beyond the Gaussian approximation for fermion systems Flu (). Furthermore, the BV variational principle has been employed to provide the best approximation to the generating functional for multi-time correlation functions of a system of bosonic and fermionic observables BV3 (); BV4 (); BV5 (); Cic1 (); Ben1 (). Recently, it has been applied to derive a set of equations governing the dynamics of trapped Bose gases Ben2 (); Ben3 (); boudj2010 (); boudj2011 (). The BV variational principle is also used to determine the particle number fluctuation in fragments of many-body systems of fermions Ced ().

The time-dependent BV variational principle requires first the choice of a trial density operator. In our case, we will consider a Gaussian time-dependent density operator. This ansatz, which belongs to the class of the generalized coherent states, allows us to perform the calculations since there exists Wick’s theorem, while retaining some fundamental aspects such as the pairing between atoms. The BV variational principle is based on the minimization of an action which involves two variational objects : one related to the observables of interest and the other is akin to a density matrix (see below). This leads to a set of coupled time-dependent mean-field equations for the condensate, the noncondensate, the anomalous average and the impurity. We call this approach “time-dependent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov” (TDHFB).

The rest of the paper is organized as follows: In Sec.II, we review the main features of the BV variational principle which we use to derive the TDHFB equations. In Sec.III, the TDHFB equations are applied to a trapped BEC-impurity system to derive coupled equations of motion for the condensate, the noncondensate, the anomalous density and for the impurity. The link between our equations and those existing in the literature such as the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov-de-Gennes (HF-BdG) theory is highlighted. Sec.IV is devoted to discuss the hydrodynamic approximation and conservation laws. Moreover, useful expressions for the radius and the chemical potential of BEC-impurity and anomalous density-impurity mixtures are obtained in the TF limit in -dimensional case. Our conclusion and outlook are presented in Sec.V.

Ii Balian- Vénéroni variational principle and TDHFB equations

The BV variational principle BV3 (); BV4 () is based on the Liouville-Von Neumann equation. It addresses the following question: Given the state of a system described by the density operator at an initial time , what will be the expectation value of an observable measured at a final time ? The answer can be stated as follows: take two variational objects, one for an observable denoted and one for a density operator denoted , the optimal value of is given by the stationary value of the action-like functional Cic (); Ben2 ()


with the two mixed boundary conditions:


The symbol Tr stands for a trace taken over a complete basis of the Fock space, and is the Hamiltonian of the system assumed to be time independent. The variation of in (1) provides evolution equations for the operators and , which are in general coupled.
When the allowed variation and are unrestricted, the stationary conditions of the BV functional (1) lead to the exact Liouville-von Neumann equation for and the (backward) Heisenberg equation for (see BV3 () for more details).

Before introducing the trial class of operators that we shall use in this work for and , it is useful to define the -component operator Ben2 (); boudj2011 ()


where and denote boson field creation and annihilation operators in a given single-particle space of dimension . The commutation relations can be expressed in the compact form


where is second Pauli matrix. With this notation, the trial class for the operator , the exponentials of the linear plus quadratic forms in , can be written in the factorized form Ben2 (); BB66 (); BB69 ()


where is a c-number, is a -component vector and is a symplectic matrix ( is symmetric). The tilde symbol denotes vector or matrix transposition. More detailed properties of the exponential operator (5) cand be found in BB66 (); BB69 ().
For any operator , let us denote the average value and the shifted operator


Then, is completely specified by the knowledge of “the partition function” , the vector and the one-body density matrix , are defined as


It is convenient to characterize the operator by , and instead of , and . Indeed, we will see that the evolution equation for the former variables take a simple form.
With the same notation, the variational choice for the operator can be taken as a linear plus quadratic form in the operator Ben2 ():


to which we shall loosely refer as a single-particle operator.
To get a reduced form of the functional (1), corresponding to (5) and (8), one should calculate the quantities and . The former can be evaluated by calculating first using Wick theorem. This yields


where the symbol tr indicates a trace in the single-particle space of the () matrices. Keeping fixed the parameters of , differentiation with respect to time gives:


with and the dots denote the time derivative .
The second term of the integrand in the functional (1), , can be written without specifying the Hamiltonian as


The expressions for the vector and the matrix are the following:


where is the mean field energy.
The matrix is the analog of the Hartree-Fock Hamiltonian for fermions. The vector has no equivalent for fermions. By means of Wick theorem, the energy can be evaluated in terms of and only. From the definitions (12), one sees that and are independent of . Finally, the BV action takes the form Cic1 (); Ben2 ():


The equation of motion for , and are now obtained by writing the stationary of the BV functional (13) with respect to , and . These equations can be written in compact form Cic1 (); Ben2 (); boudj2011 ()




We see from equation (14) that the partition function is a constant of motion. The two last equations (15) and (16) imply that the energy is conserved when the Hamiltonian does not depend explicitly on time. We may notice at this point that the above equations constitute a closed self-consistent system.
One of the most noticeable properties of the these equations is the unitary evolution of the one body density matrix , which means that the eigenvalues of are conserved. This leads to the expression Cic2 (); boudj2011 ()


where known as the Heisenberg invariant.
Therefore, Eq.(17) implies the conservation of the von Neumann entropy .
Other property of the TDHFB equations is that they admit a Lie-Poisson structure Ben4 (); Cic2 (). Also, among the advantages of the TDHFB equations is that they should in principle yield the general time, space, and temperature dependence of various densities. In addition, the most important feature of the TDHFB equations is that they are valid for any density matrix operator of the form (5).

Iii Application to BEC-impurity mixture

We consider impurity bosonic atoms of mass in an external trap , and identical bosons of mass trapped by an external potential . The impurity-boson interaction and boson-boson interactions have been approximated by the contact potentials and , respectively, where and with and being the boson-boson and impurity-boson scattering lengths, respectively. We neglect the mutual interactions of impurity atoms since we assume that their number and local density remains sufficiently small Tim1 (); Jack1 () and hence there is no impurity fluctuation. The many-body Hamiltonian for combined system which describes bosons, impurity and impurity-boson gas coupling is given by


where and are the boson and impurity field operators.
Treating this Hamiltonian using a self-consistent quadratic approximation, and expanding the field operators using (6) , where is the noncondensed part of the field operator, one finds


where and are, respectively the single particle Hamiltonian for the condensate and the impurity. and stand for the condensate and the impurity wave functions, respectively. The noncondensed density and the anomalous density of the condensate are identified, respectively, as , , where is the total density. The coefficients of linear terms in , in (19) can be shown to vanishGriff ().
Having defined our notations, we can now easily write down the density matrix (7)


The coupling between different quantities of the system occurs via the derivatives of which can be calculated in usual manner.
Making use of these expressions, Eqs.(15) and (16) take the following explicit form:


Putting (i.e., neglecting the mean-field interaction energy between bosons and impurity components) one recovers the usual TDHFB equations boudj2010 (); boudj2011 (); boudj2012 (); boudj 2013 () describing a degenerate Bose gas at finite temperature and the Schrödinger equation describing a noninteracting impurity system. For and , the TDHFB equations reduce to the well known Gross-Pitaevskii equation. One should mention here that Eqs.(21a) and (21b) are more general than those used in the literature Jack1 (); Tim1 (); Tim2 (); Tim3 (); Tim4 (); Temp (); Jack2 (); Jack3 (); Tim4 (); Tim5 (); Stef () since they contain simultaneously the impurity and the condensate fluctuations. Equation. (21d), which describes the behavior of the anomalous density-impurity, has never been derived before in the literature.

For impurities in a fermionic bath, evidently Eq.(21a) has no analog, the corresponding equations of (21c) and (21d) are the Hartree-Fock and the gap equations, respectively. While Eq.(21b) becomes a set of Schrödinger equations describing a noninteracting Fermi system with .

A useful relation between the normal and anomalous densities can be given via Eq.(17):


In the uniform case, by working in the momentum space, boudj2012 (), where is the excitation energy of either BEC or impurity. At zero temperature . The expression of allows us to calculate in a very useful way the dissipated heat for -dimensional Bose gas as with boudj2012 (). Indeed, the dissipated heat or the superfluid fraction are defined through the dispersion of the total momentum operator of the whole system. This definition is valid for an arbitrary system, including nonequilibrium one. In an equilibrium system, the average total momentum is zero. Hence, the corresponding heat becomes just the average total kinetic energy per particle.
It is necessary to stress that our formalism provides an interesting formula for the superfluid fraction in -dimensional Bose gas boudj2012 (); Yuk () which reflects the importance of the parameter .

Equations (21) in principle cannot be used as they stand since they do not guarantee to give the best excitation frequencies and to satisfy the conservation laws. Indeed it is well known Burnet (); boudj2011 () that the inclusion of the anomalous average leads to a theory with a (unphysical) gap in the excitation spectrum. This can be seen to arise from the fact that the effective interaction between a pair of particles depends upon whether both come from the condensate or one is excited. The common way to circumvent this problem is to neglect in the above equations, which restores the symmetry and hence leads to a gapless theory. This is often reminiscent to the Popov approximation. In addition, one finds that the anomalous average is divergent if one uses a contact interaction. To go beyond Popov one has to modify the atom-atom interaction. This can be approximated, in the zero-momentum limit, by a contact potential with position-dependent amplitude strength. Following Burnet (); boudj 2013 () we get:


In a uniform gas, this definition of the effective potential is related to the Beliaev-type second order coupling constantBel (); Griffin ().
It is useful to show that the new coupling constant (23) is also equivalent to the many body -matrix. As is known, this latter contains all the effects of the medium on the pair interactions in a gas, it is related to the low-momentum limit of the vacuum scattering amplitude via the following equation:


where are occupation numbers for the excitations.
The expression of which after the subtraction of the ultraviolet divergent part is given


Comparison with (24), immediately yields the effective potential (23).
Introducing now in (21), and using the fact that at very low temperature boudj 2013 (), one gets


where , and .
Importantly, the set (26) generates a self-consistent, gapless and non-divergent theory.
Let us now reveal the significance of parameter . First of all, for , i.e., , the new coupling constant reduces to and hence, Eq.(26a) recovers the well known HFB-Popov equation. For , is negative and hence, has a negative sign. For , is positive, and thus, becomes a positive quantity. For , the gas becomes highly correlated and strongly interacting since . Therefore, to guarantee the diluteness of the system, should vary as with being a small value.

To illustrate comparatively the behavior of the condensate, the anomalous density and the impurity density as a function of temperature, we consider that the mixture is confined in an isotropic harmonic trap. We then solve numerically Eqs. (26) and (21b) using the finite differences method in 3d model.
In the numerical investigation, we use and as the length (the ground state extent of a single BEC-boson particle) and the energy units, respectively, is the bosonic trapping frequency, and we end up with being the ratio mass and , where is the impurity trapping frequency. The parameters are set to: 5% of Rb impurity atom, = of Na bosonic atoms, =3.4nm, 16.7nm for repulsive interactions, 16.7nm for attractive interactions and .

Figure 1: Impurity (dashed lines) and condensed (solid lines) densities for various condensed fractions. (a) Repulsive interactions =16.7nm. (b) Attractive interactions 16.7nm.

Figure.1 (a) depicts that for repulsive interactions, the condensate is distorted by the impurity and forms a dip near the center of the trap. The impurity is focused inside the condensate forming a self-localized state in good agreement with existing theoretical results. One can see also from the same figure that the density of the condensate is decreasing with temperature and the impurity becomes less localize (ignorant of its environment). The BEC exhibits a hump (peak) if the impurity and boson-atom mutually attract as is shown quantitatively in Fig.1 (b). Indeed, the interaction potential can be adjusted by means of the Feshbach resonance Piet ().
For , i.e. in the HFB-Popov approximation (), the condensate and the impurity preserve their shape shown in Fig.1 (a). It has been pointed out that the inclusion of the anomalous density may shift the collective excitations of a trapped pure condensate rather than the shape of densitiesBurnet ().

For weak interactinons or small impurity concentrations, there is copious evidence that the impurity delocalizes and the BEC remains constant i.e. does not deform. This may lead to a coexistence of both quantities in the center of the trap. For , the impurity and the condensate become completely decoupled.

Figure 2: Anomalous density for various condensed fractions and for =16.7nm.

Figure.2 shows that the anomalous density grows at low temperature until it reaches its maximum value at intermediate temperatures and starts to disappear near the transition () irrespective to the presence of the impurity or not. The anomalous density is also distorted and formed a dip in an analogous manner with the condensate in the repulsive case.

Let us now turn to discuss the relationship between our TDHFB equations (26) and the HF-BdG equations. Upon linearizing Eq.(26a) around a static solution within the random phase approximation (RPA), . We then obtain


where , with being the chemical potential of the condensate component, it can be calculated from both Eq.(26a) and the hydrodynamic approach (see section.IV). and are the quasi-particle amplitudes.
The set (27) constitutes the HF-BdG equations of BEC-impurity mixture at finite temperature. Interestingly we remark that these equations are just the RPA of our Eq. (26a).

In the case of an impurity immersed in a homogeneous BEC, the excitation spectrum can be determined via the diagonalization of the whole RPA matrix of the set (21). This yields an extended spectrum due to the condensate fluctuation corrections. The obtained spectrum not only exhibits numerous quasiparticle properties of the attractive, repulsive and molecular branches as in the case of zero temperature Piet (), but permits us to examine effects of the condensate fluctuation on these branches.

Iv Hydrodynamic approach and conservation laws

Solving the TDHFB equations(26) is not always the most adequate way to study the properties of BECs. When it comes to the low-lying excitations, for example, it is often useful to switch to an equivalent treatment which is provided by the hydrodynamic equations. These equations can be derived by factorizing the condensate wave function and the anomalous density of the set (26) according to the Madelung transformation boudj 2013 ():


where and are phases of the order parameter and the anomalous density, respectively. They are real quantities, related to the superfluid and thermal velocities, respectively, by and . By substituting expressions (28) in Eqs. (26) and separating real and imaginary parts, one gets the following set of hydrodynamic equations:


Equations (29) and (30) are nothing else than equations of continuity expressing the conservation of mass, and Euler-like equations read


where and are, respectively, quantum and anomalous pressures, and is the density of the impurity.
In a nonstationary situation, we consider small oscillations (low density) for the condensed and anomalous densities around their static solutions in the form


where and .
Shifting the phases by and , we then linearize Eqs.(31) and (32) with respect to , , and , around the stationary solution. The zero-order terms give two expressions for the chemical potential:




where is the chemical potential associated with the anomalous density. Strictly speaking is also associated with the thermal cloud density since and are related to each other by Eq. (22). Clearly at all ranges of temperature except near the transition where and . Additionally, in the grand canonical ensemble the Hamiltonian may be written as . If in the experiment only the total number of particles or the total density can be fixed, then the total chemical potential of the system can be given as


where and are, respectively, the condensed and the thermal fractions. It should be noted that this equation arises naturally from our formalism without any subsidiary assumptions. Moreover, Eq. (36) very nicely guarantees the conservation of the total number of particles and precisely coincides with the theory of Ref Yuk () for pure BEC system.

We now focus on the important case of a spherically symmetric system in -dimensions with the Bose gas trapped in the harmonic potential. In the TF limit, it is reasonable to assume that the kinetic terms associated with both condensate and anomalous pressures can be neglected. Therefore, Eqs (34) and (35) take the algebric form


The density profiles (37) and (38) have the form of an inverted parabola. It is remarkable that for , the anomalous density vanishes.
Then, using normalization conditions , , and , Eqs. (37) and (38) provide useful formulas for the radius of the condensate and the anomalous density (i.e. the thermal cloud), respectively, as






is the -dimensional TF radius at zero temperature and is the Gamma function.

At the classical turning point, one has . Then, using results of Eqs.(39) and (40), we obtain the following expressions for the chemical potential of the condensate and the anomalous density






is the -dimensional TF chemical potential at zero temperature.
Terms between brackets in the right hand side of expressions (39), (40), (42) and (43) constitute the temperature and the impurity corrections to the radius and the chemical potential of both condensate and anomalous components.

In 3d case, the behavior of the chemical potential of the condensate as a function of condensed fracion is displayed in Fig.3. For repulsive interactions, increases when the condensed fraction decreases. Moreover, a qualitative difference can be observed between with impurity and without impurity. Fig.3 clearly shows that the presence of the impurity in the system rises the chemical potential.

Figure 3: Chemical potential of the condensate as a function of the condensed fracion with the same parameters as in Fig.1 (a) for . Solid lines: in the presence of the impurity. Dashed lines : without impurity.

Figure 4: The ratio as a function of the condensed fraction with the same parameters as in Fig.3. Circles show experimental results of cara (). Solid lines : in the presence of the impurity. Dashed lines: without impurity.

Figure. 4 shows that in 3d case, increases when decreases and gives reasonable agreement with experimental results of cara () for small values of . One can observe also that the impurity fraction tends to dilate the radius of the condensate.

Another important feature of the above generalized hydrodynamic equations is that they lead us to study in a straightforward manner the breathing modes of a BEC at nonzero temperatures in the presence of impurities. Inserting Eqs. (34), (35) into (31) and (32) and taking the time derivative of the resulting equations, we find




Equations (45) and (46) describe the collective modes of the condensate and the anomalous density for a Bose gas in an arbitrary potential and in the presence of an impurity. The validity of these equations is based on the assumption that the spatial variation of densities ( and ) are smooth not only in the ground state, but also during the oscillation. In a uniform gas, this is equivalent to requiring that the collective frequencies be much smaller than the chemical potential. For and at very low temperature where , Eq.(45) well recovers the famous Stringari’s equation String () which describes the collective modes of a pure condensate at zero temperature.

V Conclusion and outlook

In this paper we have derived a set of coupled equations for BEC-impurity mixture using the BV time-dependent variational principle. These equations govern in a self-consistent way the dynamics of the condensate, the thermal cloud, the anomalous average and the impurity at finite temperature. We have shown that the TDHFB equations satisfy all the conservation laws and provide a gapless excitations spectrum. The numerical simulations of the TDHFB equations in an isotropic harmonic trap showed that the condensate and the anomalous density are deformed by the impurity for repulsive interactions. While in the attractive case, the condensate forms a hump near the impurity. In addition, the impurity becomes ignorant of its host medium at higher temperatures.

Moreover, we have derived quite useful analytic expressions for the chemical potential and for the radius of both condensate and of anomalous components in the presence of the impurity using the TF approximation in -dimensional model. The obtained expressions appear as natural extensions of those existing in the literature since they gather both temperature and impurity corrections. We have found in this sense that the impurity may strongly enhance the chemical potential and the radius of the mixture. Importantly, these expressions can be used to investigate the expansion, the breathing modes and the transport properties of BEC-impurity mixtures at nonzero temperatures.

Finally, it would be interesting to discuss the importance of the three-body forces in the impurity-host-host mixtures. These effects are indeed ubiquitous and arise naturally in effective field theories when one integrates out some of high-energy degrees of freedom in the system Ham (). In the spirit of the BV variational principle, three-body effects can be taken into account by using a post-Gaussian ansatz Flu () i.e. adding the three-boson operator to the expressions (5) and (8), where the matrix is symmetrical with respect to its three indices. This leads to extend the TDHFB equations (Eq.(21)) and provide a self-consistent equation of motion for the triplet correlation function. However, the Efimov effect Efi () happens in such a system if the impurity-host interaction is resonant even if the host-host interaction is not. The effect is due to an effective ( is the hyper radius) attraction in this three-body system and it gets enhanced when the impurity is light. In this situation, one can expect that there is no suppression of the three-body relaxation Petrov () and thus, the polaron cannot survive for a long time in the degenerate regime.

Vi Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Marcel Vénéroni for careful reading of the paper and for helpful discussions. We also acknowledge stimulating discussions with D. S. Petrov. We would like to thank the LPTMS, Paris-sud for a visit, during which part of this work has been done.


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