New Dy BECs!

162Dy BEC

We report Bose-Einstein condensation of two isotopes of the highly magnetic element dysprosium: 162Dy and 160Dy. For 162Dy, condensates with 10^5 atoms form below T = 50 nK. We find the evaporation efficiency for the isotope 160Dy to be poor; however, by utilizing a low-field Fano-Feshbach resonance to carefully change the scattering properties, it is possible to produce a Bose-Einstein condensate of 160Dy with 10^3 atoms. The 162Dy BEC reported is an order of magnitude larger in atom number than that of the previously reported 164Dy BEC, and it may be produced within 18 s.