Preparation of a quantum state with one molecule at each site of an optical lattice

T. Volz, N. Syassen, D. M. Bauer, E. Hansis, S. Dürr*, G. Rempe

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Ultracold gases in optical lattices are of great interest, because these systems bear great potential for applications in quantum simulations and quantum information processing, in particular when using particles with a long-range dipole-dipole interaction, such as polar molecules. Here we show the preparation of a quantum state with exactly one molecule at each site of an optical lattice. The molecules are produced from an atomic Mott insulator with a density profile chosen such that the central region of the gas contains two atoms per lattice site. A Feshbach resonance is used to associate the atom pairs to molecules. The remaining atoms can be removed with blast light. The technique does not rely on the molecule-molecule interaction properties and is therefore applicable to many systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)692-695
Number of pages4
JournalNature Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


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