Photoassociative production and trapping of ultracold KRb molecules

  • Wang D
  • Qi J
  • Stone M
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We have produced ultracold heteronuclear KRb molecules by the process of photoassociation in a two-species magneto-optical trap. Following decay of the photoassociated KRb*, the molecules are detected using two-photon ionization and time-of-flight mass spectroscopy of KRb+. A portion of the metastable triplet molecules thus formed are magnetically trapped. Photoassociative spectra down to 91 cm(-1) below the K(4s)+Rb(5p(1/2)) asymptote have been obtained. We have made assignments to all eight of the attractive Hund's case (c) KRb* potential curves in this spectral region.

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  • D. Wang

  • J. Qi

  • M. F. Stone

  • O. Nikolayeva

  • H. Wang

  • B. Hattaway

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