Deeply bound ultracold molecules in an optical lattice

Johann G. Danzl, Manfred J. Mark, Elmar Haller, Mattias Gustavsson, Russell Hart, Andreas Liem, Holger Zellmer, Hanns-Christoph Nägerl

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We demonstrate efficient transfer of ultracold molecules into a deeply bound rovibrational level of the singlet ground state potential in the presence of an optical lattice. The overall molecule creation efficiency is 25%, and the transfer efficiency to the rovibrational level vertical bar v = 73, J = 2 > is above 80%. We find that the molecules in vertical bar v = 73, J = 2 > are trapped in the optical lattice, and that the lifetime in the lattice is limited by optical excitation by the lattice light. The molecule trapping time for a lattice depth of 15 atomic recoil energies is about 20 ms. We determine the trapping frequency by the lattice phase and amplitude modulation technique. It will now be possible to transfer the molecules to the rovibrational ground state vertical bar v = 0, J = 0 > in the presence of the optical lattice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number055036
Number of pages10
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2009


  • molecule cooling
  • ultracold molecules
  • optical lattice
  • multiphoton processes
  • rovibrational
  • molecule trapping time
  • atomic recoil energies


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