Chandrasekhar-Clogston limit and phase separation in Fermi mixtures at unitarity

Year: 2009

Authors: Bausmerth I., Recati A., Stringari S.

Autors Affiliation: Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Trento and CNR-INFM BEC, I-38050 Povo, Italy; Physik Department, Technische Universität München, D-85747 Garching, Germany

Abstract: Using many-body results available from diagrammatic and ab initio Monte Carlo calculations we analyze the phase diagram mu=(mu(up arrow)+mu(down arrow))/2 versus h=(mu(up arrow)-mu(down arrow))/2 of a unitary Fermi gas at zero temperature with population imbalance and unequal masses. We identify different regions where the gas is superfluid, partially polarized or fully polarized, and determine the corresponding coexistence conditions. The asymmetry in the phase diagram, caused by the mass imbalance, and its effect on the Chandrasekhar-Clogston limit for the critical polarization are explicitly discussed. The equation of state of the superfluid and normal phases is employed, within the local density approximation, to predict phase separated configurations in the presence of harmonic trapping potentials.


Volume: 79 (4)      Pages from: 043622  to: 043622

More Information: We thank Carlos Lobo, Stefano Giorgini, and Rudolf Grimm for useful discussions. We acknowledge support by the Ministero dell\’Istruzione, dell\’Universita e della Ricerca (MIUR) and by the EuroQUAM FerMix program.
KeyWords: strongly interacting fermions; Fermi-Fermi mixtures; cold gases; Chandrasekhar-Clogston limit; ab initio calculations
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.79.043622

Citations: 20
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