Monday, June 24, 2013

1306.5196 (Sourav Dutta et al.)

Interspecies collision-induced losses in a dual species 7Li-85Rb
magneto-optical trap

Sourav Dutta, Adeel Altaf, John Lorenz, D. S. Elliott, Yong P. Chen
In this article, we report the measurement of collision-induced loss coefficients \beta_{Li,Rb} and \beta_{Rb,Li}, and also discuss means to significantly suppress such collision induced losses. We first describe our dual-species magneto-optical trap (MOT) that allows us to simultaneously trap > 5x10^8 7Li atoms loaded from a Zeeman slower and > 2x10^8 85Rb atoms loaded from a dispenser. We observe strong interspecies collision-induced losses in the MOTs which dramatically reduce the maximum atom number achievable in the MOTs. We measure the trap loss rate coefficients \beta_{Li,Rb} and \beta_{Rb,Li}, and, from a study of their dependence on the MOT parameters, determine the cause for the losses observed. Our results provide valuable insights into ultracold collisions between 7Li and 85Rb, guide our efforts to suppress collision induced losses, and also pave the way for the production of ultracold 7Li85Rb molecules.
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