Quantum chaos in ultracold collisions between Yb(¹S0) and Yb(³P2)

Dermot G. Green, Christophe L. Vaillant, Matthew D. Frye, Masato Morita, Jeremy M. Hutson

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We calculate and analyze Feshbach resonance spectra for ultracold Yb(1S0)+Yb(3P2) collisions as a function of an interatomic potential scaling factor λ and external magnetic field. We show that, at zero field, the resonances are distributed randomly in λ, but that signatures of quantum chaos emerge as a field is applied. The random zero-field distribution arises from superposition of structured spectra associated with individual total angular momenta. In addition, we show that the resonances with respect to magnetic field in the experimentally accessible range of 400 to 2000 G are chaotically distributed, with strong level repulsion that is characteristic of quantum chaos.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022703
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)
Publication statusPublished - 04 Feb 2016


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