dc.contributor.author Whalen, J.D.Camargo, F.Ding, R.Killian, T.C.Dunning, F.B.Pérez-Ríos, J.Yoshida, S.Burgdörfer, J. 2018-07-11T19:50:55Z 2018-07-11T19:50:55Z 2017 Whalen, J.D., Camargo, F., Ding, R., et al.. "Lifetimes of ultralong-range strontium Rydberg molecules in cold dense gases." Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 875, (2017) IOP Publishing: https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/875/2/012013. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/102403 The lifetimes and decay channels of ultralong-range Rydberg molecules created in a dense Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) are examined by monitoring the time evolution of the Rydberg population using field ionization. The Rydberg molecules, which contain tens to hundreds of ground state atoms within the electron orbit, have lifetimes of ~ 1 to 5 µs, their destruction being attributed to two main processes: formation of ${{\rm{Sr}}}_{2}^{+}$ ions through associative ionization, and dissociation induced through L-changing reactions. The observed loss rates are consistent with a reaction model that emphasizes the interaction between the Rydberg core ion and its nearest neighbor ground state atom. The application of this model to earlier measurements of strontium dimer lifetimes at lower densities is discussed.. eng IOP Publishing Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Lifetimes of ultralong-range strontium Rydberg molecules in cold dense gases Journal article Journal of Physics: Conference Series 875 Text https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/875/2/012013 publisher version 012013
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