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Optical Feshbach Resonance of Alkaline-Earth Atoms in a 1D or 2D Optical Lattice

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Author(s)

Pascal Naidon, Paul S. Julienne

Abstract

Motivated by a recent experiment by Zelevinsky et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 203201], we present the theory for photoassociation and optical Feshbach resonances of atoms confined in a tight one-dimensional (1D) or two-dimensional (2D) optical lattice. In the case of an alkaline-earth intercombination resonance, the narrow natural width of the line makes it possible to observe clear manifestations of the dimensionality, as well as some sensitivity to the scattering length of the atoms. Among possible applications, we found that a 2D lattice may be used to increase the spectroscopic resolution by about one order of magnitude; a 1D lattice also induces a shift which may be used as a new way of determining the strength of a resonance.
Citation
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)

Keywords

confinement, Feshbach resonance, low dimensions, optical lattices, photoassociation, ultracold atoms

Citation

Naidon, P. and Julienne, P. (2008), Optical Feshbach Resonance of Alkaline-Earth Atoms in a 1D or 2D Optical Lattice, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) (Accessed June 20, 2024)

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Created October 16, 2008