Quantum simulators by design: Many-body physics in reconfigurable arrays of tunnel-coupled traps
AbstractWe present a platform for the bottom-up construction of itinerant many-body systems: ultracold atoms transferred from a Bose-Einstein condensate into freely configurable arrays of microlens generated focused-beam dipole traps. This complements traditional optical lattices and provides a different access to the field of two-dimensional quantum simulators. The ultimate control of topology, well depth, atom number, and interaction strength is matched by sufficient tunneling. We characterize the required light fields, derive the Bose-Hubbard parameters for several alkali-metal species, and investigate the loading procedures and heating mechanisms. To demonstrate the potential of this approach, we analyze coupled annular Josephson contacts exhibiting many-body resonances.