All-optical production of L7 i Bose-Einstein condensation using Feshbach resonances

Noam Gross, Lev Khaykovich

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We show an all-optical method of making L7 i condensates using the tunability of the scattering length in the proximity of a Feshbach resonance. We report the observation of two Feshbach resonances on the | F=1, mF =0 state. A narrow (broad) resonance of 7 G (34 G) width is detected at 831±4 G (884 -13 +4 G). The position of the scattering length zero crossing between the resonances is found at 836±4 G. The broad resonance is shown to be favorable for runaway evaporation which we perform in a crossed-beam optical-dipole trap. Starting directly from the phase-space density of a magneto-optical trap we observe a Bose-Einstein condensation threshold in less than 3 s of forced evaporation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023604
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 Feb 2008


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