Title

Long-lived Complexes and Signatures of Chaos in Ultracold K2 +Rb Collisions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

Physical Review A

Volume

96

Issue

6

Abstract

Lifetimes of complexes formed during ultracold collisions are of current experimental interest as a possible cause of trap loss in ultracold gases of alkali-metal dimers. Microsecond lifetimes for complexes formed during ultracold elastic collisions of K2 with Rb are reported, from numerically exact quantum-scattering calculations. Thermally averaged lifetimes are compared with those calculated using a simple density-of-states approach, which are shown to be reasonable. This validates the density-of-states approach and suggests that the formation of long-lived complexes is indeed the cause of observed experimental trap loss in ultracold alkali-metal-dimer systems. Long-lived complexes correspond to narrow scattering resonances which we examine for the statistical signatures of quantum chaos, finding that the positions and widths of the resonances are in good agreement with the Wigner-Dyson and Porter-Thomas distributions, respectively. © 2017 American Physical Society.

Language

english

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