Shearing a fermionic gas and quantized friction

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The frictional forces in sheared fermionic gas are investigated. The gas is sheared by two sliding surfaces. Except for a small imperfection (bulge) on one of them, the surfaces are totally smooth. We show that when the bulge is extremely small, and the gas is also confined in the lateral dimension, the frictional force (F) is quantized. That is, F≤μFv, where v is the sliding velocity with respect to the lubricant gas, μF≡ 2mnc2h is the friction coefficient, h is the Planck constant and m is an integer. It is also shown that the coefficient n c depends only on the bulge's properties (it does not depend on either the gas properties or the sliding velocity).

Original languageEnglish
Article number36002
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2007


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