skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Confinement Effects on the Stimulated Dissociation of Molecular Bose-Einstein Condensates

Abstract

We show that a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate in a trap is stabilized against stimulated dissociation if the trap size is smaller than the resonance healing length (({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){sup 2}/2mg{radical}(n)){sup 1/2}. The condensate shape determines the critical atom-molecule coupling frequency. We discuss an experiment for triggering dissociation by a sudden change of coupling or trap parameters. This effect demonstrates one of the unique collective features of ''superchemistry'' in that the yield of a chemical reaction depends critically on the size and shape of the reaction vessel.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B. 653, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20957668
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters; Journal Volume: 98; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.080403; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; BOSE-EINSTEIN CONDENSATION; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; CONFINEMENT; DISSOCIATION; RESONANCE; TRAPS

Citation Formats

Tikhonenkov, Igor, and Vardi, Amichay. Confinement Effects on the Stimulated Dissociation of Molecular Bose-Einstein Condensates. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.98.080403.
Tikhonenkov, Igor, & Vardi, Amichay. Confinement Effects on the Stimulated Dissociation of Molecular Bose-Einstein Condensates. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.98.080403.
Tikhonenkov, Igor, and Vardi, Amichay. Fri . "Confinement Effects on the Stimulated Dissociation of Molecular Bose-Einstein Condensates". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.98.080403.
@article{osti_20957668,
title = {Confinement Effects on the Stimulated Dissociation of Molecular Bose-Einstein Condensates},
author = {Tikhonenkov, Igor and Vardi, Amichay},
abstractNote = {We show that a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate in a trap is stabilized against stimulated dissociation if the trap size is smaller than the resonance healing length (({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){sup 2}/2mg{radical}(n)){sup 1/2}. The condensate shape determines the critical atom-molecule coupling frequency. We discuss an experiment for triggering dissociation by a sudden change of coupling or trap parameters. This effect demonstrates one of the unique collective features of ''superchemistry'' in that the yield of a chemical reaction depends critically on the size and shape of the reaction vessel.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.98.080403},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 8,
volume = 98,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Feb 23 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Fri Feb 23 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}