Topological charge pumping with subwavelength Raman lattices
Recent experiments demonstrated deeply subwavelength lattices using atoms with N internal states Raman coupled with lasers of wavelength λ. The resulting unit cell was λ/2N in extent, an N-fold reduction compared to the usual λ/2 periodicity of an optical lattice. For resonant Raman coupling, this lattice consists of N independent sinusoidal potentials (with period λ/2) displaced by λ/2N from each other. We show that detuning from Raman resonance induces tunneling between these potentials. Temporally modulating the detuning couples the s and p bands of the potentials, creating a pair of coupled subwavelength Rice-Mele chains. This operates as a topological charge pump that counterintuitively can give half the displacement per pump cycle of each individual Rice-Mele chain separately. We analytically describe this behavior in terms of infinite-system Chern numbers and numerically identify the associated finite-system edge states.
Topological charge pumping with subwavelength Raman lattices; D. Burba, M. Račiūnas, I. B. Spielman, G. J. Juzeliūnas; PRA 107 023309 (2023). doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.107.023309