Atom-molecule rabi oscillations in a mott insulator

N. Syassen*, D. M. Bauer, M. Lettner, D. Dietze, T. Volz, S. Dürr, G. Rempe

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Abstract

We observe large-amplitude Rabi oscillations between an atomic and a molecular state near a Feshbach resonance. The experiment uses Rb87 in an optical lattice and a Feshbach resonance near 414 G. The frequency and amplitude of the oscillations depend on the magnetic field in a way that is well described by a two-level model. The observed density dependence of the oscillation frequency agrees with theoretical expectations. We confirmed that the state produced after a half-cycle contains exactly one molecule at each lattice site. In addition, we show that, for energies in a gap of the lattice band structure, the molecules cannot dissociate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033201
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume99
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

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