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Q 35.3: Vortrag
Mittwoch, 11. März 2020, 14:30–14:45, f102
Suppression of Penning ionization by orbital angular momentum conservation — •Tobias Sixt, Jiwen Guan, Jonas Grzesiak, Markus Debatin, Frank Stienkemeier, and Katrin Dulitz — Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg, Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
The efficient suppression of Penning-ionizing collisions is a stringent requirement to achieve quantum degeneracy in metastable rare gases. In our experiment, we study quantum-state-controlled Penning collisions between laser-cooled lithium atoms (Li) and metastable helium atoms (He*) to investigate new ways of controlling the outcome of Penning-ionizing collisions.
In this contribution, we report on the efficient suppression of He*-Li Penning ionization by laser excitation of the Li atoms. The results illustrate that not only the electron spin, but also Λ - the projection of the total molecular orbital angular momentum along the internuclear axis - is conserved during the ionization process. Our findings suggest that Λ conservation can be used as a more general means of reaction control, for example, to improve schemes for the simultaneous laser cooling and trapping of He* and alkali atoms.