Realizing the Frenkel-Kontorova model with Rydberg-dressed atoms

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  • Università di Pisa


We propose a method to realize the Frenkel-Kontorova model using an array of Rydberg-dressed atoms. Our platform can be used to study this model with a range of realistic interatomic potentials. In particular, we concentrate on two types of interaction potentials: A springlike potential and a repulsive long-range potential. We numerically calculate the phase diagram for such systems and characterize the Aubry-type and commensurate-incommensurate phase transitions. Experimental realizations of this system are also discussed.

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Funding Information: The authors are supported by the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant UltraQuTe (Grant No. RGP-2018-266). A.M. is supported by the Erasmus programme. Publisher Copyright: © 2020 American Physical Society. Copyright: Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Article number043308
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2020