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On Scattering of Ground State Polar Molecules

Dr Christopher Ticknor

Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Swinburne University of Technology

Friday, 5 October 2007, 3.30pm, EN101, Ground floor, Engineering Building, Hawthorn.

The intrigue of polar molecules is the interaction of their electric dipole moments, which is long range and anisotropic. The production of ultracold dipolar gases will produce many novel quantum systems. In anticipation of these systems and aiding in their achievement, we discuss the general character of scattering ground state polar molecules as the energy approaches zero. We analyze the collisions revealing the general character of dipolar scattering. The direction of this work is to aid in the understanding of how a thermal gas will behave and how to parametrize the system accurately in many-body systems.

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