Three-body correlations in a two-dimensional SU(3) Fermi gas

Thomas Kirk, Meera M. Parish

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We consider a three-component Fermi gas that has SU(3) symmetry and is confined to two dimensions (2D). For realistic cold atomic gas experiments, we show that the phase diagram of the quasi-2D system can be characterized using two 2D scattering parameters: the scattering length and the effective range. Unlike the case in three dimensions (3D), we argue that three-body bound states (trimers) in the quasi-2D system can be stable against three-body losses. Using a low-density expansion coupled with a variational approach, we investigate the fate of such trimers in the many-body system as the attractive interactions are decreased (or, conversely, as the density of particles is increased). We find that remnants of trimers can persist in the form of strong three-body correlations in the weak-coupling (high-density) limit.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053613
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume96
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017

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