Interaction of NH(X-3 Sigma(-)) molecules with rubidium atoms: Implications for sympathetic cooling and the formation of extremely polar molecules
Soldan, P.; Hutson, J.M.
The Rb-NH interaction is investigated as a prototype for interactions between alkali-metal atoms and stable molecules. For spin-aligned Rb and NH that interact on a quartet surface (4A[prime][prime]), the interaction is relatively weak, with a well depth of 0.078 eV. However, there are also doublet surfaces of ion-pair character that are very much deeper (well depth 1.372 eV). They may be important for atom-molecule collision rates and offer the possibility of forming strongly dipolar molecules by photoassociation. Similar deeply bound ion-pair states are likely to exist for other alkali atom-molecule pairs.
Soldan, P., & Hutson, J. (2004). Interaction of NH(X-3 Sigma(-)) molecules with rubidium atoms: Implications for sympathetic cooling and the formation of extremely polar molecules. Physical Review Letters, 92(16), 163202-1. https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.92.163202
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Apr 1, 2004|
|Deposit Date||May 3, 2007|
|Publicly Available Date||Sep 20, 2010|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publisher||American Physical Society|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
Published Journal Article
© 2004 by The American Physical Society. All rights reserved.
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