Van der Waals-Zeeman Colloquium

Tue, 3 Jun 2008, 16:00h

Manipulating polar molecules using electric fields; Fountains, Synchrotrons and Chips

Dr. Rick Bethlem
Laser Centre Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

A polar molecule experiences a force in an inhomogeneous electric field. Although this force is typically 8 orders of magnitude smaller than the force on an ion in an electric field, it is nevertheless sufficient to obtain complete control over the motion of a molecule. This control offers new possibilities for performing precision tests and collision studies. I will present two recent experiments; storing molecules in a synchrotron and guiding molecules over the surface of a microstructure (both performed at the Fritz-Haber-Institut in Berlin) and present our progress on building a molecular fountain.