Thermodynamic properties of universal Fermi gases

Erik M. Weiler, Theja N. De Silva

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We develop a simple, mean-field-like theory for the normal phase of a unitary Fermi gas by deriving a self-consistent equation for its self-energy via a momentum-dependent coupling constant for both attractive and repulsive universal fermions. For attractive universal fermions in the lower branch of a Feshbach resonance, we use zero-temperature Monte Carlo results as a starting point for one-step iteration in order to derive an analytical expression for the momentum-dependent self-energy. For repulsive universal fermions in the upper branch of a Feshbach resonance, we iteratively calculate the momentum-dependent self-energy via our self-consistent equation. Lastly, for the case of population imbalance, we propose an ansatz for higher-order virial expansion coefficents. Overall, we find that our theory is in good agreement with currently available, high-temperature experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013602
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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