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Quantum Spin State Selectivity and Magnetic Tuning of Ultracold Chemical Reactions of Triplet Alkali-Metal Dimers with Alkali-Metal Atoms

TitleQuantum Spin State Selectivity and Magnetic Tuning of Ultracold Chemical Reactions of Triplet Alkali-Metal Dimers with Alkali-Metal Atoms
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsR. Hermsmeier, J. Klos, S. Kotochigova, and T. V. Tscherbul
JournalPhys. Rev. Lett.
Volume127
Date PublishedAUG 31
Type of ArticleArticle
ISSN0031-9007
Abstract

{We demonstrate that it is possible to efficiently control ultracold chemical reactions of alkali-metal atoms colliding with open-shell alkali-metal dimers in their metastable triplet states by choosing the internal hyperfine and rovibrational states of the reactants as well as by inducing magnetic Feshbach resonances with an external magnetic field. We base these conclusions on coupled-channel statistical calculations that include the effects of hyperfine contact and magnetic-field-induced Zeeman interactions on ultracold chemical reactions of hyperfine-resolved ground-state Na and the triplet NaLi(a(3)Sigma(+)) producing singlet Na-2((1)Sigma(+)(g)) and a Li atom. We find that the reaction rates are sensitive to the initial hyperfine states of the reactants. The chemical reaction of fully spin-polarized, high-spin states of rotationless NaLi(a(3)Sigma(+)

DOI10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.103402