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# Dynamics and Matter-Wave Solitons in Bose-Einstein Condensates with Two- and Three-Body Interactions

**Academic Editor:**Victor V. Moshchalkov

#### Abstract

By means of similarity transformation, this paper proposes the matter-wave soliton solutions and dynamics of the variable coefficient cubic-quintic nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger equation arising from Bose-Einstein condensates with time-dependent two- and three-body interactions. It is found that, under the effect of time-dependent two- and three-body interaction and harmonic potential with time-dependent frequency, the density of atom condensates will gradually diminish and finally collapse.

#### 1. Introduction

Bose-Einstein condensation was first predicted by Einstein and Indian physicist Bose in 1924-1925. It is an exotic quantum phenomenon that was observed in dilute atomic gases for the first time in 1995 [1ā3]. The ācondensateā here is a state of matter of a dilute gas of bosons at temperatures close to 0 kelvins, which is different from the ācondensateā in day life. One of the interesting dynamical features in the context of Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) is the formation of matter wave solitons such as bright solitons [4, 5], dark solitons [5], vortex solitons [6], and gap solitons [7], which have been experimentally achieved before. Recent experimental techniques for managing nonlinearity have attracted considerable attention. For example, nonlinearity management arises in atomic physics for the Feshbach resonance [4, 8] of the scattering length of interatomic interactions in BECs, where the interaction strength can be characterized by a single parameter, the s-wave scattering length . Across a Feshbach resonance the length can in principle be varied from to , where () corresponds to effectively attractive (repulsive) interactions. Thus in this situation, one can deal with the governing equations with the nonlinearity coefficients being functions of time or space [4, 9ā12].

In the mean-field theory, a BEC system can be well described by the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) equation [13ā15], whose coefficient in front of the cubic term comes from the interatomic interaction. Under certain condition, the GP equation can be converted into the classical nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger equation (NLS). It is known that at low densities the three-body interactions can be neglected and the -wave two-body interactions achieve a dominant position. However, the three-body interactions play a key role in BEC at high densities. Similarly, a BEC with two- and three-body interactions can be described by the GP equation with cubic-quintic nonlinearity, also called variable coefficient cubic-quintic nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger (CQNLS) equation [16ā18]: where is matter-wave function, is external potential, is two-body interaction coefficient, and is the three-body interaction coefficient. Function is positive (negative) for attractive (repulsive) condensates and the same as function . Here functions , , and are experimentally controlled.

In this paper, we investigate the matter-wave soliton solutions and dynamics in BEC with two- and three-body interactions trapped by harmonic potential. The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the exact matter-wave soliton solutions of the variable coefficient cubic-quintic nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger equation are obtained by using similarity transformation. In Section 3, the density distributions and dynamics of the matter-wave solitons are investigated by analyzing their figures. We summarize our results in the conclusions.

#### 2. Exact Matter-Wave Soliton Solutions of CQNLS Equation (1)

##### 2.1. Similarity Transformation

In what follows, we solve the variable coefficient cubic-quintic nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger equation (1) by means of similarity transformation. Through analyzing the properties of the exact solutions, new density distributions and dynamics of BEC with two- and three-body interactions are found.

Assume the variable coefficient CQNLS equation (1) can be transformed into the following CQNLS equation: where , are constants.

By the principle of similarity transformation, suppose the variable coefficient CQNLS equation (1) has the following form of exact solution: where is amplitude, is phase, and and are functions and ; function solves the CQNLS equation (2), is a function of time , and is a function of and .

Making use of the symbolic computation software Maple, substituting the similarity transformation (3) and (4) into the variable coefficient CQNLS equation (1), and letting satisfy the CQNLS equation (2), we obtain a set of partial differential equations (PDEs) of functions , , , , , , and as From the first equation in (5), that is, , it is found that function is linear in variable . Furthermore, from we have . Because , we have , and then is only a function of time . So we can write functions and as where and are functions of time .

Inserting (6) and (7) into the fourth and fifth equations in (5), we have the expressions of and as

Because is only a function of time ; from the last equation in (5) we have , so function is a quadratic function of variable . Thus we can assume function as where , , and are all functions of time .

Finally, the external potential is usually harmonic potential in real experiments, so we let where is the frequency of harmonic potential, which is a function of time .

Substituting (6)ā(10) into (5) and simplifying, we have which become the following ordinary differential equations (ODEs) of functions , , , , , , and by further calculating

The exact solutions of the ODEs in (15)ā(18) are where we assume the frequency of the harmonic potential to be positive; that is, , and are constants.

Now we discuss the frequency of the harmonic potential by six cases.

*Case 1. *Let (constant); that is, the frequency of the harmonic potential is invariant. Then we can get function from . So other variables can be determined by (19)ā(26). In current case, the function is
where is a constant.

*Case 2. *Let function be linear in time ; that is, with a constant, and then we have

*Case 3. *Let function be an exponential function of time ; that is, , and then we have

*Case 4. *Let function be a hyperbolic function of time ; that is, , and then we have
where denotes hyperbolic sine function and cosh denotes hyperbolic cosine function.

*Case 5. *Let function be another exponential function of time ; that is, , and then we have

*Case 6. *Finally, let function be , and then we have
and here and above are nonzero constants.

##### 2.2. Exact Solutions of the CQNLS Equation (2)

Up to now, we have derived the coefficients in the similarity transformation. The next thing is to find the exact solutions of the CQNLS equation (2) to formulate the wave function . In what follows, we list three types of exact solutions of the CQNLS equation (2).

*Type*āā*1**.* Consider
where is Jacobi elliptic cosine function [19, 20] with module , and and are nonzero constants and
where the constant satisfies

*Type 2. *Consider

where and āare nonzero constants and .

*Type 3.* Consider

where and are nonzero constants.

##### 2.3. Exact Matter-Wave Soliton Solutions of (1)

Three types of exact solutions of the CQNLS equation (2) have been obtained above. In order to achieve the exact matter-wave soliton solutions of the variable coefficient CQNLS equation (1), we only need to combine the solutions with the similarity transformation (3). Thus the exact matter-wave soliton solution of the variable coefficient CQNLS equation is where , , and are given by (6), (9), and (24) and functions , , , , , and are given by (19)ā(26). Here the value of function is the key to the solution. We have listed six cases of choices of function above. But we only choose in the following calculation. So from (19)ā(26), we have where is error function (also named Gaussian error function).

To sum up, when the external potential is time-dependent harmonic potential , the coefficients of two- and three-body interactions are , , and we derive three families of exact matter-wave soliton solutions of the variable coefficient CQNLS equation (1) as follows.

*Family*āā*1.* Consider

*Family*āā*2.* Consider

*Family 3.* Consider

where the functions are given by (39) and .

*Remark 1. *By considering the rest five cases of frequency and function , we can also obtain other exact matter-wave soliton solutions of the variable coefficient CQNLS equation (1) under different types of two- and three-body interactions.

#### 3. Density Distributions and Dynamics of the Matter-Wave Solitons

In this Section, we investigate the density distributions and dynamics of the matter-wave soliton solutions (40)ā(42) by analyzing their figures. It is noted that the frequency of the harmonic potential is , and the coefficients of two- and three-body interactions are , , which are monotone nonincreasing function of time .

##### 3.1. Density Distribution and Dynamics of Solution

For the matter-wave soliton solution in (40), we choose the parameters as follows: , , , , , , and . Here the time range is , time size is 0.01, the space range is , and space size is 0.05.

The density distributions of the matter-wave soliton solution are shown in Figure 1. Here the coefficient of two-body interaction is and that of three-body interaction is , which denotes that both two-body and three-body interactions are repulsive. According to the periodical property of the Jacobi elliptic functions, the density distribution is periodic. We can choose elliptic modulus from , and we let here. It is observed from Figure 1 that there are five peaks in the density distribution; that is, it has five periods in space. Under the effects of time-dependent harmonic potential and the repulsive two- and three-body interactions, the density distribution of wave function decreases with time. We can also get various density distributions by choosing from .

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##### 3.2. Density Distribution and Dynamics of Solution

We now study the matter-wave soliton solution in (41). The parameters here are , , , , and . The time range is , time size is 0.05, the space range is , and space size is 0.1.

The density distributions of the matter-wave soliton solution are shown in Figure 2. Here the coefficient of two-body interaction is , and that of three-body interaction is , which denotes that the two-body interaction is attractive and the three-body interaction is repulsive. This is a matter-wave bright soliton and is a localized nonlinear wave. It is seen from the color bar that as time goes on the density distribution of wave function, diminishes. Thus we find that attractive two-body interaction and repulsive three-body interaction do not support stable matter-wave bright soliton, which is consistent with the real experiments.

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##### 3.3. Density Distribution and Dynamics of Solution

Finally, we analyze the matter-wave soliton solution in (42). The parameters here are , , , , , and . The time range is , time size is 0.02, the space range is , and space size is 0.01.

The density distributions of the matter-wave soliton solution are shown in Figure 3. Here the coefficient of two-body interaction is , and that of three-body interaction is , which denotes that both two-body interaction and three-body interactions are repulsive. This is a matter-wave dark soliton and is also a localized nonlinear wave. It is also observed that the density distribution of wave function also diminishes with time.

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#### 4. Conclusions

In summary, we have studied the matter-wave solitons and dynamics of Bose-Einstein condensates with time-dependent two- and three-body interactions in time-dependent external potential. We find that when the nonlinear coefficients , , the cubic-quintic nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger equation supports three families of exact solutions. Moreover, six possible frequencies of harmonic potential are given. Finally, in the case of the harmonic potential , we examine the density distributions and dynamics of the matter-wave soliton solutions by analyzing their plots. It is found that under the effect of time-dependent two- and three-body interactions along with time-dependent harmonic potential, the density distributions of the matter-wave solitons diminish with time. This is consistent with the real Bose-Einstein condensate experiments. There are indeed many papers [16ā18, 21ā28] studying the exact solutions of the nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger equations by similarity transformations, but they discuss either the matter-wave solitons of Bose-Einstein condensate with two-body interactions or the matter-wave solitons of Bose-Einstein condensate with spatially inhomogeneous interactions. To our knowledge, the three families of exact solutions (40)ā(42) for the cubic-quintic nonlinear SchrĆ¶dinger are proposed for the first time.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This work is supported by the Talent Youth Program of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (Grant no. YETP0984) and the Science and Technology Project of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (Grant no. KM201311232021).

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