Dynamical formation of a strongly correlated dark condensate of dipolar excitons

Yotam Mazuz-Harpaz, Kobi Cohen, Michael Leveson, Ken West, Loren Pfeiffer, Maxim Khodas, Ronen Rapaport

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Strongly interacting bosons display a rich variety of quantum phases, the study of which has so far been focused in the dilute regime, at a fixed number of particles. Here we demonstrate the formation of a dense Bose–Einstein condensate in a long-lived dark spin state of 2D dipolar excitons. A dark condensate of weakly interacting excitons is very fragile, being unstable against a coherent coupling of dark and bright spin states. Remarkably, we find that strong dipole–dipole interactions stabilize the dark condensate. As a result, the dark phase persists up to densities high enough for a dark quantum liquid to form. The striking experimental observation of a step-like dependence of the exciton density on the pump power is reproduced quantitatively by a model describing the nonequilibrium dynamics of driven coupled dark and bright condensates. This unique behavior marks a dynamical condensation to dark states with lifetimes as long as a millisecond, followed by a brightening transition at high densities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18328-18333
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number37
StatePublished - Sep 10 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


  • Bose–Einstein condensation
  • Indirect excitons
  • Quantum dipolar gases


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