A Study of Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Two-Dimensional Trapped Gas

W. J. Mullin, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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We examine the possibility of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in twodimensional (2D) system of interacting particles in a trap. We use a selfconsistent mean-field theory of Bose particles interacting by a contact interaction in the Popov and WKB approximations. The equations show that the normal state has a phase transition at some critical temperature Tc but below Tc the Bose-Einstein condensed state is not a consistent solution of the equations in the thermodynamic limit. This result agrees with a theorem recently discussed by the author that shows that a BEC state is impossible for an interacting gas in a 2D trap in the thermodynamic limit.