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Atomic Physics Seminars
Monday, December 11, 2000
Physics Building, Room 204
[Host: Thomas Gallagher]
"Atoms See the Light: Making Molecules From Ultracold Atoms"
Photoassociation, the process by which two free atoms
absorb a photon to form a bound, excited molecule, is
an extremely powerful tool for studying long-range
atom-atom interactions. In a sample of trapped,
ultracold (T < 1 mK) atoms, the technique is most
often used to obtain high resolution spectroscopy of
electronically-excited molecules near their
dissociation limit. However, we have recently used
this technique to monitor and manipulate collisions of
ultracold atoms, and to produce weakly bound,
translationally cold molecules in their electronic
ground state. I will discuss some of these recent
interesting results from the Laser Cooling and
Trapping Group at NIST.
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