Pairing fluctuations and the superfluid density through the BCS-BEC crossover

E. Taylor, A. Griffin, N. Fukushima, Y. Ohashi

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We derive an expression for the superfluid density of a uniform two-component Fermi gas through the BCS-BEC crossover in terms of the thermodynamic potential in the presence of an imposed superfluid flow. Treating the pairing fluctuations in a Gaussian approximation following the approach of Nozières and Schmitt-Rink, we use this definition of ρs to obtain an explicit result which is valid at finite temperatures and over the full BCS-BEC crossover. It is crucial that the BCS gap Δ, the chemical potential μ, and ρs all include the effect of fluctuations at the same level in a self-consistent manner. We show that the normal fluid density ρn n- ρs naturally separates into a sum of contributions from Fermi BCS quasiparticles (ρnF) and Bose collective modes (ρnB). The expression for ρnF is just Landau's formula for a BCS Fermi superfluid but now calculated over the BCS-BEC crossover. The expression for the Bose contribution ρnB is more complicated and only reduces to Landau's formula for a Bose superfluid in the extreme BEC limit, where all the fermions have formed stable Bose pairs and the Bogoliubov excitations of the associated molecular Bose condensate are undamped. In a companion paper, we present numerical calculations of ρs using an expression equivalent to the one derived in this paper, over the BCS-BEC crossover, including unitarity, and at finite temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063626
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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