Volume 82, Number 3, May 2008
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||16 April 2008|
Semiclassical theory of the quasitwo-dimensional trapped Bose gas
LPTMC, Université Pierre et Marie Curie - 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France, EU
2 LPMMC, CNRS-UJF - BP 166, 38042 Grenoble, France, EU
3 CNRS-Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure - 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France, EU
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 9 March 2008
We discuss the quasitwo-dimensional trapped Bose gas where the thermal occupation of excited states in the tightly confined direction is small but remains finite in the thermodynamic limit. We show that the semiclassical theory describes very accurately the density profile obtained by quantum Monte Carlo calculations in the normal phase above the Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature TKT, but differs strongly from the predictions of strictly two-dimensional mean-field theory, even at relatively high temperature. We discuss the relevance of our findings for analyzing ultra-coldatom experiments in quasitwo-dimensional traps.
PACS: 03.75.Hh – Static properties of condensates; thermodynamical, statistical, and structural properties / 05.30.Jp – Boson systems
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