We investigate the motion of an impurity particle injected with finite velocity into an interacting one-dimensional quantum gas. Using large-scale numerical simulations based on matrix product states, we observe and quantitatively analyze long-lived oscillations of the impurity momentum around a nonzero saturation value, called quantum flutter. We show that the quantum flutter frequency is equal to the energy difference between two branches of collective excitations of the model. We propose an explanation of the finite saturation momentum of the impurity based on the properties of the edge of the excitation spectrum. Our results indicate that quantum flutter exists away from integrability and provide parameter regions in which it could be observed in experiments with ultracold atoms using currently available technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015302
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 7 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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