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Many-body dynamics of p-wave Feshbach molecule production: a mean-field approach

By L. Austen, L. Cook, M.D. Lee and J. Mur-Petit


We study the mean-field dynamics of p-wave Feshbach molecule production in an ultra cold gas of Fermi atoms in the same internal state. We derive a separable potential to describe the low-energy scattering properties of such atoms, and use this potential to solve the mean-field dynamics during a magnetic field sweep. Initially, on the negative scattering length side of a Feshbach resonance the gas is described by the BCS theory. We adapt the method by Szymaska et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 170402 (2005)] to p-wave interacting Fermi gases and model the conversion dynamics of the gas into a Bose-Einstein condensate of molecules on the other side of the resonance under the influence of a linearly varying magnetic field. We have analyzed the dependence of the molecule production efficiency on the density of the gas, temperature, initial value of the magnetic field, and magnetic field ramp speed. Our results show that in this approximation molecule production by a linear magnetic field sweep is highly dependent on the initial state

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