Quantum scattering in a juggling atomic fountain

Ronald Legere, Kurt Gibble

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We demonstrate a juggling atomic fountain by launching two laser-cooled balls of 133Cs atoms in rapid succession. The atoms collide near the top of the fountain and, by varying the delay between launches, we scan the collision energy from 19 to 150μK. We measure the differential scattering cross section and isolate the contributions from different partial waves including their interferences. We observe the s-wave energy dependence and the p-wave scattering threshold. We infer a triplet s-wave scattering length of –400a0 and a p wave of (–107a0)3 for |F = 4, m = 4⟩ + |3,3⟩.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5780-5783
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number26
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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