Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 177, Issue 5–6, pp 240–256 | Cite as

Josephson Oscillations and Self-Trapping of Superfluid Fermions in a Double-Well Potential

  • Peng Zou
  • Franco Dalfovo


We investigate the behaviour of a two-component Fermi superfluid in a double-well potential. We numerically solve the time dependent Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations and characterize the regimes of Josephson oscillations and self-trapping for different potential barriers and initial conditions. In the weak link limit the results agree with a two-mode model where the relative population and the phase difference between the two wells obey coupled nonlinear Josephson equations. A more complex dynamics is predicted for large amplitude oscillations and large tunneling.


Josephson oscillation Self-trapping Fermi superfluids  Time-dependent BdG 



We thank S. Stringari, L.P. Pitaevskii, A. Recati for fruitful discussions. P.Z is particularly indebted to R.G.Scott, whose computational expertise was of great help at the beginning of this work. Support of ERC, through the QGBE Grant, and of Provincia Autonoma di Trento is acknowledged.


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  1. 1.INO-CNR BEC Center and Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di TrentoPovoItaly

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