Bose-Einstein condensation in self-consistent mean-field theory

There is a wide-spread belief in the literature on Bose-Einstein condensation of interacting atoms that all variants of mean-field theory incorrectly describe the condensation phase transition, exhibiting, instead of the necessary second-order transition, a first-order transition, even for weakly interacting Bose gas. In the present paper, it is shown that… CONTINUE READING