English
 
User Manual Privacy Policy Disclaimer Contact us
  Advanced SearchBrowse

Item

ITEM ACTIONSEXPORT

Released

Journal Article

A Homonuclear Molecule with a Permanent Electric Dipole Moment

MPS-Authors
/persons/resource/persons184722

Li,  W.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

/persons/resource/persons184856

Pohl,  T.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

/persons/resource/persons30956

Rost,  J. M.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

Locator
There are no locators available
Fulltext (public)
There are no public fulltexts available
Supplementary Material (public)
There is no public supplementary material available
Citation

Li, W., Pohl, T., Rost, J. M., Rittenhouse, S. T., Sadeghpour, H. R., Nipper, J., et al. (2011). A Homonuclear Molecule with a Permanent Electric Dipole Moment. Science, 334(6059), 1110-1114.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-8BB6-5
Abstract
Permanent electric dipole moments in molecules require a breaking of parity symmetry. Conventionally, this symmetry breaking relies on the presence of heteronuclear constituents. We report the observation of a permanent electric dipole moment in a homonuclear molecule in which the binding is based on asymmetric electronic excitation between the atoms. These exotic molecules consist of a ground-state rubidium (Rb) atom bound inside a second Rb atom electronically excited to a high-lying Rydberg state. Detailed calculations predict appreciable dipole moments on the order of 1 Debye, in excellent agreement with the observations.