Logo: FOR 2247 From few to many – body physics with dipolar quantum gases
Logo: FOR 2247 From few to many – body physics with dipolar quantum gases
Logo: FOR 2247 From few to many – body physics with dipolar quantum gases
Logo: FOR 2247 From few to many – body physics with dipolar quantum gases
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E3: A two-dimensional ultracold gas of fermionic polar 6Li133Cs molecules

Principal Investigator:Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller
Physikalisches Institut, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg,
Im Neuenheimer Feld 226, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Summary

The aim of this project is to produce a dipolar quantum gas of fermionic LiCs molecules to study few- and many-body effects under the influence of long-range dipolar interaction. LiCs features a dipole moment of 5.5 Debye in the rovibrational ground state. Such a large dipole moment is ideally suited to explore the effects of strong dipolar interactions, as occurring for example in dipolar crystals, spin models, and super solid phases. In order to investigate these phenomena, the gas of fermionic polar molecules will be stabilized against inelastic collisional loss by optically confining it in a 2D geometry allowing for the control over the few-body chemical reactions and for the development of a comprehensive understanding of the underlying few-body collisional processes. The creation of the ultracold molecules is based on the production of weakly bound Feshbach molecules in a double-degenerate mixed atomic gas of 6Li and 133Cs in an optical dipole trap and subsequent STIRAP to the rovibrational ground state. The dipolar interaction will be controlled by microwave electric fields. In the course of this research program we will develop strategies for an increase of the phase space density by evaporative cooling of polar molecules. The combination of a stabilized gas of polar molecules and strong dipolar interaction energy makes it possible to explore the dipolar quantum gas under equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium conditions.

Participating Researcher

Manuel Gerken
email: gerkenphysi.uni-heidelberg.de

phone: +49 6221 54 19479
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Stephan Häfner
email: haefnerphysi.uni-heidelberg.de

phone: +49 6221 54 19480
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Binh Tran
email: tranphysi.uni-heidelberg.de

phone: +49 6221 54 19480
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Bing Zhu
email: bzhuphysi.uni-heidelberg.de

phone: +49 6221 54 19480
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Associated Member

Melina Filzinger
email: filzingerphysi.uni-heidelberg.de

phone: +49 6221 54 19478
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