We investigate theoretically the influence of magnetically tunable Feshbach collision resonances on the photoassociation spectra of ultracold atoms. As an example we consider recently predicted resonances for 85Rb atoms. For excitation to the 85Rb2 0g-(S1/2+P1/2) electronic state, we predict that the photoassociation rate is resonantly enhanced by at least two orders of magnitude. We find that photoassociation could serve as a useful probe with which to study Feshbach resonances in ultracold collisions. In turn, these resonances should be very important to Bose-condensed gases, and more generally, to coherent atom optics.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review A : Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|