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Title: Enhancement of ultracold molecule formation by local control in the nanosecond regime

We describe quantum simulations of ultracold 87Rb2 molecule formation using photoassociation (PA) with nanosecond-time-scale pulses of frequency chirped light. In particular, we compare the case of a linear chirp to one where the frequency evolution is optimized by local control (LC) of the phase, and find that LC can provide a significant enhancement. The resulting optimal frequency evolution corresponds to a rapid jump from the PA absorption resonance to a downward transition to a bound level of the lowest triplet state. We also consider the case of two frequencies and investigate interference effects. The assumed chirp parameters should be achievable with nanosecond pulse shaping techniques and are predicted to provide a significant enhancement over recent experiments with linear chirps.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1]
  1. Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States)
  2. ORT-Braude College (Israel)
  3. Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1203606
Grant/Contract Number:
FG02-92ER14263
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
New Journal of Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 17; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1367-2630
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Research Org:
University of Connecticut
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS