Role of quantum statistics in the photoassociation of Bose-Einstein condensates

Olsen, M. K. and Plimak, L. I. (2003) Role of quantum statistics in the photoassociation of Bose-Einstein condensates. Physical Review A, 68 3: 031603-1-031603-4. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.68.031603

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Author Olsen, M. K.
Plimak, L. I.
Title Role of quantum statistics in the photoassociation of Bose-Einstein condensates
Journal name Physical Review A   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1050-2947
Publication date 2003-09
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevA.68.031603
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 68
Issue 3
Start page 031603-1
End page 031603-4
Total pages 4
Place of publication College Park, MD, United States
Publisher American Physical Society
Language eng
Abstract We show that the photoassociation of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate to form condensed molecules is a chemical process which not only does not obey the Arrhenius rules for chemical reactions, but that it can also depend on the quantum statistics of the reactants. Comparing the predictions of a truncated Wigner representation for different initial quantum states, we find that, even when the quantum prediction for an initial coherent state is close to the Gross-Pitaevskii prediction, other quantum states may result in very different dynamics.
Keyword Optics
Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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