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Experiments with Stark decelerated and trapped OH radicals

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Meerakker,  Sebastiaan Y. T. van de
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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Meerakker, S. Y. T. v. d., & Meijer, G. (2007). Experiments with Stark decelerated and trapped OH radicals. Physica Scripta, 76(3), C69-C72. doi:10.1088/0031-8949/76/3/N10.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-0013-C
Abstract
In this paper, we review recent developments in our efforts to get complete control over the velocity of a molecular beam. Central to these experiments is the use of a Stark decelerator, with which the velocity of a beam of neutral polar molecules can be continuously varied, using techniques akin to methods used in charged particle accelerator physics. These techniques allow for confining isolated gas-phase molecules in traps, but can also be used, to advantage, in a variety of molecular beam experiments where the velocity of the beam is an important parameter. Particularly, molecular beam inelastic scattering experiments can be performed with a variable collision energy and with a high intrinsic energy resolution.