Topological interfaces crossed by defects and textures of continuous and discrete point group symmetries in spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensates

Giuseppe Baio, Matthew T. Wheeler, David S. Hall, Janne Ruostekoski, Magnus O. Borgh

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We systematically and analytically construct a set of spinor wave functions representing defects and textures that continuously penetrate interfaces between coexisting, topologically distinct magnetic phases in a spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensate. These include singular and nonsingular vortices carrying mass or spin circulation that connect across interfaces between biaxial- and uniaxial nematic, cyclic and ferromagnetic phases, as well as vortices terminating as monopoles on the interface ("boojums"). The biaxial-nematic and cyclic phases exhibit discrete polytope symmetries featuring non-Abelian vortices and we investigate a pair of non-commuting line defects within the context of a topological interface. By numerical simulations, we characterize the emergence of non-trivial defect core structures, including the formation of composite defects. Our results demonstrate the potential of spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensates as experimentally accessible platforms for exploring interface physics, offering a wealth of combinations of continuous and discrete symmetries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number013046
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review Research
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2024


  • cond-mat.quant-gas
  • cond-mat.soft
  • hep-th
  • quant-ph

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