Correlations and synchronization in a Bose-Fermi mixture

Pablo Díaz, David Laroze, Boris A. Malomed

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We study a Bose-Fermi mixture within the framework of the mean-field theory, including three possible regimes for the fermionic species: fully polarized, BCS, and unitarity. Starting from the 3D description and using the variational approximation (VA), we derive one-dimensional and two-dimensional systems of equations, under the corresponding confining potentials. This method produces a pair of nonlinear Schrödinger equations coupled to algebraic equations for the transverse widths of the confined state. The equations incorporate interactions between atoms of the same species and between the species, assuming that the latter can be manipulated by means of the Feshbach resonance. As an application, we explore spatial density correlations in the ground state (GS) between the species, concluding that they strongly depend on the sign and strength of the inter-species interaction. Also studied are the dynamics of the mixture in a vicinity of the GS and the corresponding spatiotemporal inter-species correlation. The correlations are strongly affected by the fermionic component, featuring the greatest variation in the unitary regime. Results produced by the VA are verified by comparison with full numerical solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075301
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 14 Apr 2015


  • Bose-Fermi mixture
  • nonlinear Schrödinger equations
  • synchronization


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