We report on the first experiments with atomic Fermi gases in optical lattices. We have studied the properties of non interacting fermions and of an interacting boson-fermion mixture in a 1D lattice in presence of additional linear or harmonic potentials. These systems have allowed to study for the first time the fundamental quantum transport properties of a perfect crystal and to confirm the role of interactions in real crystals. We have found that the combination of Fermi gases and optical lattices can also have important applications, such as high-resolution force sensing
Atomic Fermi gases in optical lattices / G. Modugno; E. de Mirandes; F. Ferlando; H. Ott; G. Roati ; M. Inguscio. - ELETTRONICO. - 770:(2005), pp. 197-208. (Intervento presentato al convegno ATOMIC PHYSICS 19: XIX International Conference on Atomic Physics, ICAP 2004) [10.1063/1.1928854].