Toward efficient LiYb molecule formation in an optical lattice

Presenting Author: Katherine McCormick, University of Washington
Contributing Author(s): Alaina Green, Jun Hui See Toh, Xinxin Tang, Yifei Bai, Subhadeep Gupta

Because of their potential for tunable, long-range interactions and rich energy-level structure, cold molecules are promising platforms for quantum computing, simulation, and metrology. In contrast to many cold molecule experiments, which use bi-alkali systems where the ground state is $^1\Sigma$, the LiYb molecule has a $2\Sigma$ ground state; this introduces a spin degree of freedom, which could prove useful for quantum information applications or for studies of spin-controlled chemistry. I will discuss recent experiments performed to identify and study the magnetic Feshbach resonances between $^{6}Li$ and $^{173}Yb$ and updates to the apparatus, including building a three-dimensional optical lattice and stabilizing the magnetic field, to efficiently and coherently form cold LiYb molecules.

(Session 5 : Saturday from 5:00pm - 7:00pm)


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