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

Daley, Andrew J. and Simon, Jonathan (2014) Effective three-body interactions via photon-assisted tunneling in an optical lattice. Physical Review A, 89 (5). 053619. ISSN 1094-1622

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    Abstract

    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.