Title: Quantum Journal Club: Observation of the Efimovian expansion in scale-invariant Fermi gases
Speaker: Yanbin Yang Tsinghua University
Time: 2016-12-22 16:00-2016-12-22 17:00
Venue: MMW-S327

Abstract:

Scale invariance plays an important role in unitary Fermi gases. Discrete scaling symmetry manifests itself in quantum few-body systems such as the Efimov effect. Here, we report on the theoretical prediction and experimental observation of a distinct type of expansion dynamics for scale-invariant quantum gases.When the frequency of the harmonic trap holding the gas decreases continuously as the inverse of time t, the expansion of the cloud size exhibits a sequence of plateaus. The locations of these plateaus obey a discrete geometric scaling law with a controllable scale factor, and the expansion dynamics is governed by a log-periodic function. This marked expansion shares the same scaling law and mathematical description as the Efimov effect.