We derive a theory of superfluidity for a dilute Fermi gas that is valid when scattering resonances are present. The treatment of a resonance in many-body atomic physics requires a novel mean-field approach starting from an unconventional microscopic Hamiltonian. The mean-field equations incorporate the microscopic scattering physics, and the solutions to these equations reproduce the energy-dependent scattering properties. This theory describes the high-T/sub c/ behavior of the system, and predicts a value of T/sub c/ that is a significant fraction of the Fermi temperature. It is shown that this mean-field approach does not break down for typical experimental circumstances, even at detunings close to resonance. As an example of the application of our theory, we investigate the feasibility for achieving superfluidity in an ultracold gas of fermionic /sup 6/Li.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Physical Review A : Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|