Very-high-precision bound-state spectroscopy near a 85Rb Feshbach resonance

N.R. Claussen, S.J.J.M.F. Kokkelmans, S.T. Thompson, E.A. Donley, E. Hodby, C.E. Wieman

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    We precisely measured the binding energy ( epsilon /sub bind/) of a molecular state near the Feshbach resonance in a /sup 85/Rb Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). Rapid magnetic-field pulses induced coherent atom-molecule oscillations in the BEC. We measured the oscillation frequency as a function of B field and fit the data to a coupled-channel model. Our analysis constrained the Feshbach resonance position [155.041(18) G], width [10.71(2) G], and background scattering length [-443(3)a/sub 0/] and yielded new values for the Rb interaction parameters. These results improved our estimate for the stability condition of an attractive BEC. We also found evidence for a mean-field shift to epsilon /sub bind/
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number60701
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    JournalPhysical Review A : Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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