Yunpeng Ji

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Postdoctoral Associate
Stanford University
Research Areas: 
Atomic & Optical Physics
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Honors & Awards

2017 Leigh Page Prize

Ph.D. 2023, Yale University
Nir Navon
Dissertation Title: 
Many-Body Physics in a Ultracold Uniform Fermi Gas
Dissertation Abstract: 

Ultracold atomic gases, traditionally produced in harmonic traps, have been a successful platform in studying many-body problems. Recent developments in homogeneous quantum gases in optical box potentials have introduced new opportunities for investigating complex problems without the complications arising from the density inhomogeneity, enabling more straightforward comparisons with theories. In this presentation, I will introduce the production of a uniform Fermi gas composed of Li-6 atoms and outline four projects that leverage this pristine experimental environment: (I) Stability of the repulsive Fermi gas with contact interactions. We identify that the primary decay mechanism of the gas is a universal three-body recombination process towards the formation of Feshbach molecules. (II) Fermionic Joule-Thomson effect. We investigate the temperature dynamics of a homogeneous Fermi gas during isenthalpic rarefaction. (III) Decay of a strongly interacting Fermi gas. We observe exponential decay of the gas in the BEC-BCS crossover and explore the effect of light on atom losses. (IV) Excitation and observation of sound waves in degenerate Fermi gases. We observe the emergence of sound in a Fermi liquid, and investigate the acoustic response beyond the linear response regime in both the weakly and strongly interacting Fermi gases.