Stimulated Raman molecule production in Bose-Einstein condensates

P. S. Julienne, K. Burnett, Y. B. Band, W. C. Stwalley

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Abstract

A Raman photoassociation process can be used to form translationally cold molecules from a Bose-Einstein condensate. Coupled-channels scattering calculations show that the rate coefficient for coherent production of molecules in specific target states, [Formula Presented] can greatly exceed the rate coefficient for heating and loss channels due to excited-state spontaneous decay. This implies the feasibility of rapid coherent conversion of atom pairs in a condensate to molecules on a time scale short compared to the trap oscillation time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R797-R800
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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