Production and Trapping of Ultracold Polar Molecules
We report a set of experiments aimed at the production and trapping of ultracold polar molecules. We begin with samples of laser-cooled and trapped Rb and Cs atoms, and bind them together to form polar RbCs molecules. The binding is accomplished via photoassociation, which uses a laser to catalyze the sticking process. We report results from investigation of a new pathway for photoassociation that can produce molecules in their absolute ground state of vibrational and rotational motion. We also report preliminary observations of collisions between these ground-state molecules and co-trapped atoms.
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- Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)
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- 74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS ultracold molecules; molecule trapping; molecular collisions
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