Multi-channel modelling of the formation of vibrationally cold polar KRb molecules

Svetlana Kotochigova, Eite Tiesinga, Paul S Julienne
2009 New Journal of Physics  
We describe the theoretical advances that influenced the experimental creation of vibrationally and translationally cold polar ^40K^87Rb molecules nphys08,science08. Cold molecules were created from very-weakly bound molecules formed by magnetic field sweeps near a Feshbach resonance in collisions of ultra-cold ^40K and ^87Rb atoms. Our analysis include the multi-channel bound-state calculations of the hyperfine and Zeeman mixed X^1Σ^+ and a^3Σ^+ vibrational levels. We find excellent agreement
more » ... ith the hyperfine structure observed in experimental data. In addition, we studied the spin-orbit mixing in the intermediate state of the Raman transition. This allowed us to investigate its effect on the vibrationally-averaged transition dipole moment to the lowest ro-vibrational level of the X^1Σ^+ state. Finally, we obtained an estimate of the polarizability of the initial and final ro-vibrational states of the Raman transition near frequencies relevant for optical trapping of the molecules.
doi:10.1088/1367-2630/11/5/055043 fatcat:s6a4jleipjdaxakjfx4u46iawy