|Title||Cumulant theory of the unitary Bose gas: Prethermal and Efimovian dynamics|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||V.. E. Colussi, H.. Kurkjian, M.. Van Regemortel, S.. Musolino, J.. van de Kraats, M.. Wouters, and S.. J. J. M. F. Kokkelmans|
|Journal||Phys. Rev. A|
We study the quench of a degenerate ultracold Bose gas to the unitary regime, where interactions are as strong as allowed by quantum mechanics. We lay the foundation of a cumulant theory able to simultaneously capture the three-body Efimov effect and ergodic evolution. After an initial period of rapid quantum depletion, a universal prethermal stage is established, characterized by a kinetic temperature and an emergent Bogoliubov dispersion law, while the microscopic degrees of freedom remain far from equilibrium. Integrability is then broken by higher-order interaction terms in the many-body Hamiltonian, leading to a momentum-dependent departure from power law to decaying exponential behavior of the occupation numbers at large momentum. We also find signatures of the Efimov effect in the many-body dynamics and make a precise identification between the observed beating phenomenon and the binding energy of an Efimov trimer. Throughout the paper, our predictions for a uniform gas are quantitatively compared with experimental results for quenched unitary Bose gases in uniform potentials.