Cold collisions in strong laser fields: partial wave analysis of magnesium collisions
Department of Physics, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
2 Department of Physics, Umeå University, SE-90187 Umeå, Sweden
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Published online: 23 June 2006
We have developed Monte Carlo wave function simulation schemes to study cold collisions between magnesium atoms in a strong red-detuned laser field. In order to address the strong-field problem, we extend the Monte Carlo wave function framework to include the partial wave structure of the three-dimensional system. The average heating rate due to radiative collisions is calculated with two different simulation schemes which are described in detail. We show that the results of the two methods agree and give estimates for the radiative collision heating rate for 24Mg atoms in a magneto-optical trap based on the 1S0–1P1 atomic laser cooling transition.
PACS: 32.80.Lg – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, and ions / 32.80.Pj – Optical cooling of atoms; trapping / 42.50.Lc – Quantum fluctuations, quantum noise, and quantum jumps / 02.70.Uu – Applications of Monte Carlo methods
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2006