We present a series of theoretical studies of the boundary between a superfluid and a normal region in a partially polarized gas of strongly interacting fermions. We present mean-field estimates of the surface energy in this boundary as a function of temperature and scattering length. We discuss the structure of the domain wall, and use a previously introduced phenomonological model to study its influence on experimental observables. Our microscopic mean-field calculations are not consistent with the magnitude of the surface tension found from our phenomonological modeling of data from the Rice University experiments. We conclude that one must search for novel mechanisms to explain the experiments.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - Jun 24 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics