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Subthermal Linewidths in Photoassociation Spectra of Cold Alkaline-Earth-Metal Atoms

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Author(s)

M Machholm, Paul S. Julienne, K A. Suominen

Abstract

Narrow s-wave features with subthermal widths are predicted for the 1II9 photoassociation spectra of cold alkaline earth atoms. The phenomenon is explained by numerical and analytical calculations. These show that only a small subthermal range of collision energies near threshold contributes to the s-wave features that are excited when the atoms are very far apart. The resonances survive thermal averaging, and may be detectable for Ca cooled near the Doppler cooling temperature of the 41<-41S laser cooling transition.
Citation
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)
Volume
65
Issue
No. 2

Keywords

calcium, line shape, photoassociation, traploss, ultracold collisions

Citation

Machholm, M. , Julienne, P. and Suominen, K. (2002), Subthermal Linewidths in Photoassociation Spectra of Cold Alkaline-Earth-Metal Atoms, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) (Accessed June 12, 2024)

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Created January 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021