Observation of Efimov Molecules Created from a Resonantly Interacting Bose Gas.
Klauss, Catherine E
D'Incao, José P
Jin, Deborah S
Cornell, Eric A
Phys Rev Lett
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Klauss, C. E., Xie, X., Lopez-Abadia, C., D'Incao, J. P., Hadzibabic, Z., Jin, D. S., & Cornell, E. A. (2017). Observation of Efimov Molecules Created from a Resonantly Interacting Bose Gas.. Phys Rev Lett, 119 (14)https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.143401
We convert a strongly interacting ultracold Bose gas into a mixture of atoms and molecules by sweeping the interactions from resonant to weak. By analyzing the decay dynamics of the molecular gas, we show that in addition to Feshbach dimers it contains Efimov trimers. Typically around 8% of the total atomic population is bound into trimers, identified by their density-independent lifetime of about 100 μs. The lifetime of the Feshbach dimers shows a density dependence due to inelastic atom-dimer collisions, in agreement with theoretical calculations. We also vary the density of the gas across a factor of 250 and investigate the corresponding atom loss rate at the interaction resonance.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.143401
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