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Nonadiabatic transitions in electrostatically trapped ammonia molecules

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Kirste,  Moritz
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Schnell,  Melanie
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Meijer,  Gerard
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Kirste, M., Sartakov, B. G., Schnell, M., & Meijer, G. (2009). Nonadiabatic transitions in electrostatically trapped ammonia molecules. Physical Review A, 79(5): 051401. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.79.051401.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-F91C-4
Abstract
Nonadiabatic transitions are known to be major loss channels for atoms in magnetic traps but have thus far not been experimentally reported upon for trapped molecules. We have observed and quantified losses due to nonadiabatic transitions for three isotopologues of ammonia in electrostatic traps by comparing the trapping times in traps with a zero and a nonzero electric field at the center. Nonadiabatic transitions are seen to dominate the overall loss rate even for the present samples that are at relatively high temperatures of 30 mK. It is anticipated that losses due to nonadiabatic transitions in electric fields are omnipresent in ongoing experiments on cold molecules.