SU(3) spin-orbit coupling in systems of ultracold atoms.

  title={SU(3) spin-orbit coupling in systems of ultracold atoms.},
  author={Ryan Barnett and Glen Raul Boyd and Victor M. Galitski},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={109 23},
Motivated by the recent experimental success in realizing synthetic spin-orbit coupling in ultracold atomic systems, we consider N-component atoms coupled to a non-Abelian SU(N) gauge field. More specifically, we focus on the case, referred to here as "SU(3) spin-orbit-coupling," where the internal states of three-component atoms are coupled to their momenta via a matrix structure that involves the Gell-Mann matrices (in contrast to the Pauli matrices in conventional SU(2) spin-orbit-coupled… CONTINUE READING

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