|Title||Ultracold inelastic collisions in two dimensions|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Li, Z, Alyabyshev, SV, Krems, RV|
|Journal||PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS|
|Date Published||FEB 22|
We show that cross sections for inelastic collisions of ultracold atoms or molecules confined by a harmonic potential have the same energy dependence as in pure 2D geometry. This indicates that chemical reactions and inelastic collisions may be suppressed in an ultracold gas under strong confinement in one dimension. We present a numerical proof of the threshold collision laws in 2D. Our results indicate that inelastic collisions in weak electromagnetic fields may be controlled by varying the orientation of the external field axis with respect to the plane of confinement.