We theoretically examine the formation of a quantum degenerate gas of stable singlet molecules via Feshbach-stimulated Raman photoproduction, or free-bound-bound-bound-bound transitions from an atomic to a singlet molecular Bose-Einstein condensate. In particular, a magnetic field tuned near a Feshbach resonance initiates collective conversion from an atomic condensate to a triplet molecular condensate, which is then converted by three-laser stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) to a stable singlet molecular condensate. Although population of the target singlet state is near-unit efficient, the population of an intermediate state is significant (∼10-3), and large bound-bound Rabi couplings (∼10 GHz) are required to avoid losses.
APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- June 2007