Friday, April 26, 2013

1304.6989 (Ruth S. Bloom et al.)

Tests of universal three-body physics in an ultracold Bose-Fermi mixture    [PDF]

Ruth S. Bloom, Ming-Guang Hu, Tyler D. Cumby, Deborah S. Jin
Recent measurements of Efimov resonances in a number of ultracold atom species have revealed an unexpected universality, in which three-body scattering properties are determined by the van der Waals length of the two-body interaction potential. To investigate whether this universality extends to heteronuclear mixtures, we measure loss rate coefficients in an ultracold trapped gas of $^{40}$K and $^{87}$Rb atoms. We find an Efimov-like resonance in the rate of inelastic collisions between $^{40}$K$^{87}$Rb Feshbach molecules and $^{87}$Rb atoms. However, we do not observe any Efimov-related resonances in the rates of inelastic collisions between three atoms. These observations are compared to previous measurements by the LENS group of Efimov resonances in a $^{41}$K and $^{87}$Rb mixture as well as to recent predictions.
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