Effective three-body interactions via photon-assisted tunneling in an optical lattice

Andrew J. Daley, Jonathan Simon

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We present a simple, experimentally realizable method to make coherent three-body interactions dominate the physics of an ultracold lattice gas. Our scheme employs either lattice modulation or laser-induced tunneling to reduce or turn off two-body interactions in a rotating frame, promoting three-body interactions arising from multiorbital physics to leading-order processes. This approach provides a route to strongly correlated phases of lattice gases that are beyond the reach of previously proposed dissipative three-body interactions. In particular, we study the mean-field phase diagram for spinless bosons with three- and two- body interactions and provide a roadmap to dimer states of varying character in one dimension. This toolkit should be immediately applicable in state-of-the-art cold-atom experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053619
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2014


  • laser induced
  • lattice gas
  • lattice modulations
  • one dimension
  • photon-assisted tunneling
  • rotating frame
  • three-body interaction
  • two-body interactions


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