Bose-enhanced chemistry: Amplification of selectivity in the dissociation of molecular Bose-Einstein condensates Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Abstract We study the photodissociation chemistry of a quantum degenerate gas of bosonic triatomic ABC molecules, assuming two open rearrangement channels (A B+ C or A+ BC). The equations of motion are equivalent to those of a parametric multimode laser, resulting in an exponential buildup of macroscopic mode populations. By exponentially amplifying a small differential in the single-particle rate coefficients, Bose stimulation leads to a nearly complete selectivity of the collective N-body process, indicating a novel type of ultraselective quantum degenerate chemistry.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002