Large-amplitude quasi-solitons in superfluid films

Susumu Kurihara*

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Nonlinear time evolution of the condensate wave function in superfluid films is studied on the basis of a Schrodinger equation, which incorporates van der Waals potential due to substrate in its fully nonlinear form, and a surface tension term. In the weak nonlinearity limit, our equation reduces to the ordinary (cubic) nonlinear Schrodinger equation for which exact soliton solutions are known. It is demonstrated by numerical analysis that even under strong nonlinearity, where our equation is far different from cubic Schrödinger equation, there exist quite stable composite "quasi-solitons". These quasi-solitons are bound states of localized excitations of amplitude and phase of the condensate (superfluid thickness and superfluid velocity, in more physical terms). Thus the present work shows the persistence of the solitonic behavior of superfluid films in the fully nonlinear situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3262-3267
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Physical Society of Japan
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1981 Oct
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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