Quantum reactive scattering of ultracold NH(X Σ-3) radicals in a magnetic trap

L.M.C. Janssen, A. van der Avoird, G.C. Groenenboom

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Abstract

We investigate the ultracold reaction dynamics of magnetically trapped NH(X Σ-3) radicals using rigorous quantum scattering calculations involving three coupled potential energy surfaces. We find that the reactive NH+NH cross section is driven by a short-ranged collisional mechanism, and its magnitude is only weakly dependent on magnetic field strength. Unlike most ultracold reactions observed so far, the NH+NH scattering dynamics is nonuniversal. Our results indicate that chemical reactions can cause more trap loss than spin-inelastic NH+NH collisions, making molecular evaporative cooling more difficult than previously anticipated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063201
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume110
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

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