Photoassociation of a cold-atom-molecule pair. II. Second-order perturbation approach
Abbreviated Journal Title
Phys. Rev. A
ALKALI-METAL ATOMS; DIPOLE POLARIZABILITIES; DISPERSION COEFFICIENTS; GROUND-STATE; Optics; Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical
The electrostatic interaction between an excited atom and a diatomic ground-state molecule in an arbitrary rovibrational level at large mutual separations is investigated with a general second-order perturbation theory, in the perspective of modeling the photoassociation between cold atoms and molecules. We find that the combination of quadrupole-quadrupole and van der Waals interactions competes with the rotational energy of the dimer, limiting the range of validity of the perturbative approach to distances larger than 100 Bohr radii. Numerical results are given for the long-range interaction between Cs and Cs-2, showing that the photoassociation is probably efficient for any Cs-2 rotational energy.
Physical Review A
"Photoassociation of a cold-atom-molecule pair. II. Second-order perturbation approach" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1533.