Interactions of ultracold atoms with Rashba spin-orbit coupling, currently being studied with simulated (artificial) gauge fields, have nontrivial ultraviolet and infrared behavior. Examining the ultrastructure of the Bethe-Salpeter equation, we show that the linear ultraviolet divergence in the bare interaction can be renormalized as usual in terms of low-energy scattering lengths, and that for both bosons and fermions ultraviolet logarithmic divergences are absent. Calculating the leading order effective interaction with full dependence on the spin-orbit coupling strength and the center-of-mass momentum of the colliding pair, we elucidate the relation between mean-field interactions and physical three-dimensional scattering lengths. As a consequence of infrared logarithmic divergences in the two-particle propagator, the effective interaction vanishes as the center-of-mass momentum approaches zero.
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Oct 13|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics