Two-stream instability in quasi-one-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensates

H. Tercas, J.T. Mendonca, G.R.M. Robb, Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT-Portugal) (Funder), Leverhulme Trust via research (Funder)

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We apply a kinetic model to predict the existence of an instability mechanism in elongated Bose-Einstein condensates. Our kinetic description, based on the Wigner formalism, is employed to highlight the existence of unstable Bogoliubov waves that may be excited in the counterpropagation configuration. We identify a dimensionless parameter, the Mach number at T=0, that tunes different regimes of stability. We also estimate the magnitude of the main parameters at which two-stream instability is expected to be observed under typical experimental conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number065601
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2009


  • bose-einstein condensation
  • quantum entanglement
  • wave functions


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