Friday, July 26, 2013

1007.4672 (Tommaso Macri et al.)

Tunneling of polarized fermions in 3D double wells    [PDF]

Tommaso Macri, Andrea Trombettoni
We study the tunneling of a spin polarized Fermi gas in a three-dimensional double well potential, focusing on the time dynamics starting from an initial state in which there is an imbalance in the number of particles in the two wells. Although fermions in different doublets of the double well tunnel with different frequencies, we point out that (incoherent) oscillations of a large number of particles can arise, as a consequence of the presence of transverse degrees of freedom. Estimates of the doublet structure and of the occupation of transverse eigenstates for a realistic experimental setup are provided.
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