Core structure and non-Abelian reconnection of defects in a biaxial nematic spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensate

Magnus O. Borgh, Janne Ruostekoski

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

25 Citations (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)


We calculate the energetic structure of defect cores and propose controlled methods to imprint a nontrivially entangled vortex pair that undergoes non-Abelian vortex reconnection in a biaxial nematic spin-2 condensate. For a singular vortex, we find three superfluid cores in addition to depletion of the condensate density. These exhibit order parameter symmetries that are different from the discrete symmetry of the biaxial nematic phase, forming an interface between the defect and the bulk superfluid. We provide a detailed analysis of phase mixing in the resulting vortex cores and find an instability dependent upon the orientation of the order parameter. We further show that the spin-2 condensate is a promising system for observing spontaneous deformation of a point defect into an “Alice ring” that has so far avoided experimental detection.
Original languageEnglish
Article number275302
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2016

Cite this