Photoassociation of sodium in a Bose-Einstein condensate

C. McKenzie, J. Hecker Denschlag, H. Häffner, A. Browaeys, Luís E.E. De Araujo, F. K. Fatemi, K. M. Jones, J. E. Simsarian, D. Cho, A. Simoni, E. Tiesinga, P. S. Julienne, K. Helmerson, P. D. Lett, S. L. Rolston, W. D. Phillips

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Single-photon photoassociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate was used to form ultracold Na2 molecules. Measurement of the photoassociation rate, linewidth, and light shift of the J = 1, ν = 135 vibrational level of the A1 σ+u molecular state was also done. The results showed that the photoassociation rate constant increased linearly with intensity and it was predicted that many-body effects might limit the rate. The observations were in good agreement with a two-body theory with no free parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1204031-1204034
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2002
Externally publishedYes

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