Ground state properties of an asymmetric Hubbard model for unbalanced ultracold fermionic quantum gases
KOMET 337, Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Staudingerweg 7, 55099 Mainz, Germany
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Revised: 18 December 2007
Published online: 29 February 2008
In order to describe unbalanced ultracold fermionic quantum gases on optical lattices in a harmonic trap, we investigate an attractive (U < 0) asymmetric (t↑≠t↓) Hubbard model with a Zeeman-like magnetic field. In view of the model's spatial inhomogeneity, we focus in this paper on the solution at Hartree-Fock level. The Hartree-Fock Hamiltonian is diagonalized with particular emphasis on superfluid phases. For the special case of spin-independent hopping we analytically determine the number of solutions of the resulting self-consistency equations and the nature of the possible ground states at weak coupling. We present the phase diagram of the homogeneous system and numerical results for unbalanced Fermi-mixtures obtained within the local density approximation. In particular, we find a fascinating shell structure, involving normal and superfluid phases. For the general case of spin-dependent hopping we calculate the density of states and the possible superfluid phases in the ground state. In particular, we find a new magnetized superfluid phase.
PACS: 03.75.Hh – Static properties of condensates; thermodynamical, statistical, and structural properties / 39.25.+k – Atom manipulation (scanning probe microscopy, laser cooling, etc.) / 71.10.Fd – Lattice fermion models (Hubbard model, etc.)
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