Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate Fermi gas of atoms.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We report on the observation of a highly degenerate, strongly interacting Fermi gas of atoms. Fermionic lithium-6 atoms in an optical trap are evaporatively cooled to degeneracy using a magnetic field to induce strong, resonant interactions. Upon abruptly releasing the cloud from the trap, the gas is observed to expand rapidly in the transverse direction while remaining nearly stationary in the axial direction. We interpret the expansion dynamics in terms of collisionless superfluid and collisional hydrodynamics. For the data taken at the longest evaporation times, we find that collisional hydrodynamics does not provide a satisfactory explanation, whereas superfluidity is plausible.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • O'Hara, KM; Hemmer, SL; Gehm, ME; Granade, SR; Thomas, JE

Published Date

  • December 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 298 / 5601

Start / End Page

  • 2179 - 2182

PubMed ID

  • 12424386

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1079107


  • eng