Prethermal Floquet Steady States and Instabilities in the Periodically Driven, Weakly Interacting Bose-Hubbard Model

Speaker: Marin Bukov

When: November 24, 2015 (Tue), 09:45AM to 10:45AM (add to my calendar)
Location: SCI 328

This event is part of the Departmental Seminars.

Dissertation Committee: Anatoli Polkovnikov, Emanuel Katz, Claudio Chamon, Shyam Erramilli, Pankaj Mehta


We explore prethermal Floquet steady states and instabilities of the weakly interacting two-dimensional Bose-Hubbard model subject to periodic driving. We develop a description of the nonequilibrium dynamics, at arbitrary drive strength and frequency, using a weak-coupling conserving approximation. We establish the regimes in which conventional (zero-momentum) and unconventional [ -momentum] condensates are stable on intermediate time scales. We find that condensate stability is enhanced by increasing the drive strength, because this decreases the bandwidth of quasiparticle excitations and thus impedes resonant absorption and heating. Our results are directly relevant to a number of current experiments with ultracold bosons.