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|Author(s):||C R. McKenzie; J Denschlag; H Heffner; A Browaeys; L E. de Araujo; F K. Fatemi; Kevin Jones; J E. Simsarian; D Cho; A Simoni; Eite Tiesinga; Paul S. Julienne; Kristian Helmerson; Paul D. Lett; S L. Rolston; William D. Phillips;|
|Title:||Photoassociation of Sodium in a Bose-Einstein Condensate|
|Published:||March 01, 2002|
|Abstract:||We report on the formation of ultra-cold Na2 molecules using single-photon photoassociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate. The photoassociation rate, linewidth and light shift of the J = 1, v = 135 vibrational level of the A^1)Sigma^+_u molecular bound state have been measured. We find that the photoassociation rate constant increases linearly with the intensity even where it is predicted that many-body effects might limit the rate. Our observations are everywhere in good agreement with a two-body theory having no free parameters.|
|Citation:||Physical Review Letters|
|Keywords:||atomic collisions,Bose-Einstein condensation,collision dynamics,photoassociation|