Volume 79, Number 4, August 2007
Article Number 40002
Number of page(s) 6
Section General
Published online 19 July 2007
EPL, 79 (2007) 40002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/79/40002

Trapped Bose gases with large positive scattering length

M. Thøgersen, D. V. Fedorov and A. S. Jensen

IFA, Aarhus University - 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

received 30 May 2007; accepted in final form 26 June 2007; published August 2007
published online 19 July 2007

We calculate the energy and the condensate fraction of a system of trapped bosons interacting via a short-range two-body potential with positive scattering length. The potential is attractive and has a two-body bound state. When the scattering length is small compared to the trap length the system is model independent: all potential models -attractive, repulsive and zero-range- provide similar results. When the scattering length is large the attractive model differs qualitatively from the repulsive and zero-range models. In this regime the system with attractive potential becomes independent of the scattering length, with both the energy and the condensate fraction converging towards finite constants.

03.75.Hh - Static properties of condensates; thermodynamical, statistical, and structural properties.
03.75.Nt - Other Bose-Einstein condensation phenomena.
21.45.+v - Few-body systems.

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