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Contrasting the wide Feshbach resonances in 6Li and 7Li

Julienne, P. S.; Hutson, J. M.

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P. S. Julienne


We compare and contrast the wide Feshbach resonances and the corresponding weakly bound states in the lowest scattering channels of ultracold Li6 and Li7. We use high-precision measurements of binding energies and scattering properties to determine interaction potentials that incorporate non-Born-Oppenheimer terms to account for the failure of mass scaling between Li6 and Li7. Correction terms are needed for both the singlet and the triplet potential curves. The universal formula relating binding energy to scattering length is not accurate for either system. The Li6 resonance is open-channel-dominated and the van der Waals formula of Gao [J. Phys. B 37, 4273 (2004)] gives accurate results for the binding energies across much of the resonance width. The Li7 resonance, by contrast, is weakly closed-channel-dominated and a coupled-channel treatment of the binding energies is required. Plotting the binding energies in universal van der Waals form helps illustrate subtle differences between the experimental results and different theoretical forms near the resonance pole.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2014
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2014
Publicly Available Date Oct 10, 2014
Journal Physical Review A
Print ISSN 1050-2947
Electronic ISSN 1094-1622
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 89
Issue 5
Article Number 052715
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Reprinted with permission from the American Physical Society: Phys. Rev. A 89, 052715 © (2014) by the American Physical Society. Readers may view, browse, and/or download material for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or part, without prior written permission from the American Physical Society.

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