Laser cooling of molecules

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Title: Laser cooling of molecules
Authors: Tarbutt, MR
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Recently, laser cooling methods have been extended from atoms to molecules. The complex rotational and vibrational energy level structure of molecules makes laser cooling difficult, but these difficulties have been overcome and molecules have now been cooled to a few microkelvin and trapped for several seconds. This opens many possibilities for applications in quantum science and technology, controlled chemistry, and tests of fundamental physics. This article explains how molecules can be decelerated, cooled and trapped using laser light, reviews the progress made in recent years, and outlines some future applications.
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2019
Date of Acceptance: 28-Jan-2019
ISSN: 0010-7514
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Start Page: 356
End Page: 376
Journal / Book Title: Contemporary Physics
Volume: 59
Issue: 4
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in [Contemporary Physics] on [22/02/2019], available online: []
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Funder's Grant Number: RF040529
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Physics, Multidisciplinary
Cold molecules
laser cooling
magneto-optical trapping
01 Mathematical Sciences
02 Physical Sciences
Fluids & Plasmas
Publication Status: Published
Embargo Date: 2020-02-22
Online Publication Date: 2019-02-22
Appears in Collections:Quantum Optics and Laser Science
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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