- Conference date: 6–11 June 2010
- Location: St. John’s, (Canada)
We study theoretically the properties of photoassociation spectra near the inter‐combination line of bosonic ytterbium. We construct a mass scaled model of the excited state interaction potential that well describes bound state energies obtained in a previous photoassociation experiment. We then use it to calculate theoretical photoassociation spectra in a range of ultracold temperatures using semianalytical theory developed by Bohn and Julienne.
Photoassociation spectra not only give us the energies of excited bound states, but also provide information about the behavior of the ground state wavefunction. In fact, it can be shown that within the so‐called reflection approximation the line intensity is proportional to the ground state wavefunction at the transition’s Condon point. We show that in the case of ytterbium, the rotational structure of the photoassociation spectra depends heavily on the behavior of the ground‐state wavefunction. The change of the scattering length from one isotope to another and the resulting occurence of shape resonances in higher partial waves determines the appearance and disapperance of rotational components, especially in the deeper lying states, whose respective Condon points lie near the ground state centrifugal barrier. Thus, photoassociation spectra differ qualitatively between isotopes.
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