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.
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics