Controlling a diatomic shape resonance with non-resonant light

R. Ağanoğlu, M. Lemeshko, B. Friedrich, R. González Férez, C. Koch, Unknown (2011).

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A (diatomic) shape resonance is a metastable state of a pair of colliding atoms quasi-bound by the centrifugal barrier imposed by the angular momentum involved in the collision. The temporary trapping of the atoms' scattering wavefunction corresponds to an enhanced atom pair density at low interatomic separations. This leads to larger overlap of the wavefunctions involved in a molecule formation process such as photoassociation, rendering the process more efficient. However, for an ensemble of atoms, the atom pair density will only be enhanced if the energy of the resonance comes close to the temperature of the atomic ensemble. Herein we explore the possibility of controlling the energy of a shape resonance by shifting it toward the temperature of atoms confined in a trap. The shifts are imparted by the interaction of non-resonant light with the anisotropic polarizability of the atom pair, which affects both the centrifugal barrier and the pair's rotational and vibrational levels. We find that at laser intensities of up to 5×109 W/cm2 the pair density is increased by one order of magnitude for 87Rb atoms at 100μK and by two orders of magnitude for 88Sr atoms at 20μK.
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2011-05-04
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Financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Grant No. KO 2301/2), by the Spanish project FIS2008-02380 (MICINN) as well as the Grants FQM-2445 and FQM-4643 (Junta de Andaluc´ıa), Campus de Excelencia Internacional Proyecto GENIL CEB09-0010
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Ağanoğlu R, Lemeshko M, Friedrich B, González Férez R, Koch C. Controlling a diatomic shape resonance with non-resonant light. Unknown. 2011.
Ağanoğlu, R., Lemeshko, M., Friedrich, B., González Férez, R., & Koch, C. (2011). Controlling a diatomic shape resonance with non-resonant light. Unknown. ArXiv.
Ağanoğlu, Ruzin, Mikhail Lemeshko, Břetislav Friedrich, Rosario González Férez, and Christiane Koch. “Controlling a Diatomic Shape Resonance with Non-Resonant Light.” Unknown. ArXiv, 2011.
R. Ağanoğlu, M. Lemeshko, B. Friedrich, R. González Férez, and C. Koch, “Controlling a diatomic shape resonance with non-resonant light,” Unknown. ArXiv, 2011.
Ağanoğlu R, Lemeshko M, Friedrich B, González Férez R, Koch C. 2011. Controlling a diatomic shape resonance with non-resonant light. Unknown.
Ağanoğlu, Ruzin, et al. “Controlling a Diatomic Shape Resonance with Non-Resonant Light.” Unknown, ArXiv, 2011.

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