Production of long-lived ultracold Li/sub 2/ molecules from a Fermi gas

J. Cubizolles, T. Bourdel, S.J.J.M.F. Kokkelmans, G.V. Shlyapnikov, C. Salomon

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    We create weakly bound Li/sub 2/ molecules from a degenerate two component Fermi gas by sweeping a magnetic field across a Feshbach resonance. The atom-molecule transfer efficiency can reach 85% and is studied as a function of magnetic field and initial temperature. The bosonic molecules remain trapped for 0.5 s and their temperature is within a factor of 2 from the Bose-Einstein condensation temperature. A thermodynamical model reproduces qualitatively the experimental findings
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number240401
    Pages (from-to)240401-1/4
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number24
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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