Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1307.7175 (W. R. McGehee et al.)

Three-Dimensional Anderson Localization in Variable Scale Disorder    [PDF]

W. R. McGehee, S. S. Kondov, W. Xu, J. J. Zirbel, B. DeMarco
We report on the impact of variable-scale disorder on 3D Anderson localization of a non-interacting ultracold atomic gas. A spin-polarized gas of fermionic atoms is localized by allowing it to expand in an optical speckle potential. Using a sudden quench of the localized density distribution, we verify that the density profile is representative of the underlying single-particle localized states. The geometric mean of the disordering potential correlation lengths is varied by a factor of four via adjusting the aperture of the speckle focusing lens. We observe that the root-mean-square size of the localized gas increases approximately linearly with the speckle correlation length, in qualitative agreement with the scaling predicted by weak scattering theory.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.7175

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