Nature2014-06-24 3:02 PM

复杂冷粒子之间的散射相互作用 Quantum chaos in ultracold collisions of gas-phase erbium atoms

论文摘要 

能够对冷却到超冷温度的原子或分子之间的相互作用进行调节的能力,为实现和探索物质的奇异状态提供了一个强大的试验台。对简单原子来说,我们对这些冷粒子之间的散射相互作用已经很了解了,但对当组成粒子更为复杂时会发生什么却不太清楚。现在,Albert Frisch及同事利用磁性镧原子进入了这一未知领域,观察到了超冷原子之间相互作用中混沌行为的第一批特征。

Abstract 

Atomic and molecular samples reduced to temperatures below one microkelvin, yet still in the gas phase, afford unprecedented energy resolution in probing and manipulating the interactions between their constituent particles. As a result of this resolution, atoms can be made to scatter resonantly on demand, through the precise control of a magnetic field. For simple atoms, such as alkalis, scattering resonances are extremely well characterized. However, ultracold physics is now poised to enter a new regime, where much more complex species can be cooled and studied, including magnetic lanthanide atoms and even molecules. For molecules, it has been speculated that a dense set of resonances in ultracold collision cross-sections will probably exhibit essentially random fluctuations, much as the observed energy spectra of nuclear scattering do. According to the Bohigas–Giannoni–Schmit conjecture, such fluctuations would imply chaotic dynamics of the underlying classical motion driving the collision. This would necessitate new ways of looking at the fundamental interactions in ultracold atomic and molecular systems, as well as perhaps new chaos-driven states of ultracold matter. Here we describe the experimental demonstration that random spectra are indeed found at ultralow temperatures. In the experiment, an ultracold gas of erbium atoms is shown to exhibit many Fano–Feshbach resonances, of the order of three per gauss for bosons. Analysis of their statistics verifies that their distribution of nearest-neighbour spacings is what one would expect from random matrix theory. The density and statistics of these resonances are explained by fully quantum mechanical scattering calculations that locate their origin in the anisotropy of the atoms’ potential energy surface. Our results therefore reveal chaotic behaviour in the native interaction between ultracold atoms.

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