Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Feshbach resonances in ultracold Bose -Fermi mixtures
by Bortolotti, Daniele Carlo Enrico, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007, 117; 3273817
Abstract (Summary)

In the wake of successful experiments in Fermi condensates, experimental attention is broadening to include resonant interactions in degenerate Bose-Fermi mixtures. In this thesis we wish to study the equilibrium properties of the fermionic molecules that can be created in such a mixture.

To this end, we first discuss the two body properties of the system, and introduce the model Hamiltonian we use to describe the resonant physics, highlighting its virtues, as well as its limitations. We then proceed by analyzing the mean field solution of this model, by studying both the equilibrium problem, and the non-equilibrium equations of motion, thus developing a powerful language to discuss the system. We then highlight the limitations of the mean-field approach, and develop a numerically tractable generalized version of this theory, which is able to correctly describe the two-body properties of the system in the low-density limit.

Finally, we study the properties of the system using this generalized mean-field theory, by first analyzing the two-body scattering matrix in the many-body environment, assessing its complex poles in order to understand the stability properties of the Feshbach molecules in the gas. Secondly we solve the equilibrium equations self-consistently, to study the molecular populations and density distributions at equilibrium, as a function of external bias magnetic field.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bohn, John
Commitee: Beale, Paul, Holland, Murray J., Jin, Deborah S., Weber, Mathias
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Physics
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 68/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Atoms & subatomic particles
Keywords: Bose-Fermi mixtures, Feshbach resonances, Ultracold atoms
Publication Number: 3273817
ISBN: 9780549140078
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