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Reactions of ultracold alkali-metal dimers

Zuchowski, Piotr S.; Hutson, Jeremy M.

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Piotr S. Zuchowski


We investigate the energetics of reactions involving pairs of alkali-metal dimers. Atom exchange reactions to form homonuclear dimers are energetically allowed for some but not all of the heteronuclear dimers. We carry out high-level electronic structure calculations on the potential energy surfaces of all the heteronuclear alkali-metal trimers and show that trimer formation reactions are always energetically forbidden for low-lying singlet states of the dimers. The results have important implications for the stability of quantum gases of alkali-metal dimers.


Zuchowski, P. S., & Hutson, J. M. (2010). Reactions of ultracold alkali-metal dimers. Physical Review A, 81(6), Article 060703.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2010
Deposit Date Jun 19, 2013
Publicly Available Date Jun 27, 2013
Journal Physical Review A
Print ISSN 1050-2947
Electronic ISSN 1094-1622
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 81
Issue 6
Article Number 060703


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