We have computed the thermally averaged total, elastic rate coefficient for the collision of a room-temperature helium atom with an ultracold lithium atom. This rate coefficient has been computed as part of the characterization of a cold-atom vacuum sensor based on laser-cooled Li 6 or Li 7 atoms that will operate in the ultrahigh-vacuum (p< 10− 6 Pa) and extreme-high-vacuum (p< 10− 10 Pa) regimes. The analysis involves computing the X 2 Σ+ HeLi Born-Oppenheimer potential followed by the numerical solution of the relevant radial Schrödinger equation. The potential is computed using a single-reference-coupled-cluster electronic-structure method with basis sets of different completeness in order to characterize our uncertainty budget. We predict that the rate coefficient for a 300 K helium gas and a 1 μ K Li gas is 1.467 (13)× 10− 9 cm 3/s for He 4+ Li 6 and 1.471 (13)× 10− 9 cm 3/s for He 4+ Li 7, where the …

%B Phys. Rev. A %V 101 %8 1/6/2020 %G eng %N 012702 %R https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.101.012702