Fermions with tunable interactions... In the Lithium lab we produce binary mixtures of 6Li Fermi gases to investigate fermionic superfluidity across the BEC-BCS crossover. Our main goal is to study two-dimensional fermionic superfluids.

Efficient all-optical production of large 6Li quantum gases

The quest to develop new and efficient experimental schemes to produce large and highly degenerate fermionic samples is fundamental in the way of using them to study fermionic superfluidity with a high degree of control on properties as interaction strength and dimensionality. 6Li samples of two spin components offers a broad Feshbach resonance allowing a good tenability of the interactions and the ability to investigate superfluidity across the BEC-BCS crossover. On the other way, standard laser cooling configurations are not efficient due to the lack of sub-Doppler cooling mechanism on the D2 line. We use a gray molasses operating on the D1 atomic transition to produce degenerate quantum gases of 6Li with a large number of atoms. This sub-Doppler cooling phase allows us to lower the initial temperature of 109 atoms from 500 to 40 μK in 2 ms. We observe that D1 cooling remains effective into a high-intensity infrared dipole trap where two-state mixtures are evaporated to reach the degenerate regime. We produce molecular Bose-Einstein condensates of up to 5×105 molecules and weakly interacting degenerate Fermi gases of 7×105 atoms at T/TF

A. Burchianti et al.
Efficient all-optical production of large 6Li quantum gases using D1 gray-molasses cooling
Phys. Rev. A 90, 043408 (2014)

Li people

Eleonora Lippi
Master student
Andrea Amico
PhD student
Pedro Tavares
Postdoc
Francesco Scazza
Postdoc
Matteo Zaccanti
Scientific staff
Massimo Inguscio
Scientific staff
Giacomo Roati
Scientific staff
Former members:
Alessia Burchianti
Chiara Fort
Jorge Seman
Giacomo Valtolina

Li contacts

For further information, request of material, job opportunities, please contact:

Giacomo Roati
(roati@lens.unifi.it)

Li funding