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Ultracold O2 O2 collisions in a magnetic field: On the role of the potential energy surface

AuthorsPérez Ríos, Jesús ; Campos-Martínez, José ; Hernández, Marta I.
Issue Date2011
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
CitationJournal of Chemical Physics 134: 124310 (2011)
AbstractThe collision dynamics of 17O2(3g-) +17O2(3g-) in the presence of a magnetic field is studied within the close-coupling formalism in the range between 10 nK and 50mK. A recent global ab initio potential energy surface (PES) is employed and its effect on the dynamics is analyzed and compared with previous calculations where an experimentally derived PES was used [T. V. Tscherbul, New J. Phys 134, 055021 (2009)]. Compared to the results using the older PES, magnetic-field dependence of the low-field-seeking state in the ultracold regime is characterized by a very large background scattering length, abg, and cross sections exhibit broader and more pronounced Feshbach resonances. The marked resonance structure is somewhat surprising considering the influence of inelastic scattering but it can be explained by resorting to the analytical van der Waals theory, where the short-range amplitude of the entrance channel wavefunction is enhanced by the large abg. This strong sensitivity to the short range of the ab initio PES persists up to relatively high energies (10mK). After this study and despite quantitative predictions are very difficult, it can be concluded that the ratio between elastic and spin relaxation scattering is generally small, except for magnetic fields which are either low or close to an asymmetric Fano-type resonance. Some general trends found here, such as a large density of quasibound states and a propensity toward large scattering lengths, could be also characteristic of other anisotropic molecule-molecule systems. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1063/1.3573968
issn: 0021-9606
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