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Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Aug 8;101(6):060406. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Photoassociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate near a Feshbach resonance.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy and Rice Quantum Institute, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77251, USA.


We measure the effect of a magnetic Feshbach resonance (FR) on the rate and light-induced frequency shift of a photoassociation resonance in ultracold 7Li. The photoassociation-induced loss-rate coefficient K_{p} depends strongly on magnetic field, varying by more than a factor of 10;{4} for fields near the FR. At sufficiently high laser intensities, K_{p} for a thermal gas decreases with increasing intensity, while saturation is observed for the first time in a Bose-Einstein condensate. The frequency shift is also strongly field dependent and exhibits an anomalous blueshift for fields just below the FR.

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