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Bose Condensates in a Harmonic Trap Near the Critical Temperature



T Bergeman, D L. Feder, N L. Balazs, B I. Schneider


The mean-field properties of finite-temperature Bose-Einstein gases confined in spherically symmetric harmonic traps are surveyed numerically. The solutions of the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) and Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) equations for the condensate and low-lying quasiparticle excitations are calculated self-consistently using the discrete variable representation, while the most high-lying states are obtained with a local density approximation. Consistency of the theory for temperatures through the Bose condensation point Tc requires that the thermodynamic chemical potential differ from the eigenvalue of the GP equation; the appropriate modifications lead to results that are continuous as a function of the particle interactions. The HFB equations are made gapless either by invoking the Popov approximation or by renormalizing the particle interactions. The latter approach effectively reduces the strength of the effective scattering length αsc, increases the number of condensate effect increases approximately with the log of the atom number, and is most pronounced at temperatures near Tc. Comparisons with the results of quantum Monte Carlo calculations and various local density approximations are presented, and experimental consequences are discussed.
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)
No. 6


Bose-Einstein condensation, finite temperature, many-body theories


Bergeman, T. , Feder, D. , Balazs, N. and Schneider, B. (2000), Bose Condensates in a Harmonic Trap Near the Critical Temperature, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created May 31, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021