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Quantum liquid droplets in a mixture of Bose-Einstein condensates

Quantum droplets are small clusters of atoms self-bound by the balance of attractive and repulsive forces. Here, we report on the observation of droplets solely stabilized by contact interactions in a mixture of two Bose-Einstein condensates. We demonstrate that they are several orders of magnitude more dilute than liquid helium by directly measuring their size and density via in situ imaging. We show that the droplets are stablized against collapse by quantum fluctuations and that they require a minimum atom number to be stable. Below that number, quantum pressure drives a liquid-to-gas transition that we map out as a function of interaction strength. These ultradilute isotropic liquids remain weakly interacting and constitute an ideal platform to benchmark quantum many-body theories.

Authors:   C. R. Cabrera; L. Tanzi; J. Sanz; B. Naylor; P. Thomas; P. Cheiney; L. Tarruell
Journal:   Science
Volume:   359
edition:   6373
Year:   2018
Pages:   301
DOI:   10.1126/science.aao5686
Publication date:   19-Jan-2018
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