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Stark deceleration and trapping of OH radicals

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Meerakker,  Sebastiaan Y. T. van de
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Vanhaecke,  Nicolas
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., Vanhaecke, N., & Meijer, G. (2006). Stark deceleration and trapping of OH radicals. Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 57, 159-190. doi:10.1146/annurev.physchem.55.091602.094337.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-04A9-B
Abstract
The motion of polar molecules can be controlled by time-varying inhomogeneous electric fields. In a Stark decelerator, this is exploited to accelerate, transport, or decelerate a fraction of a molecular beam. When combined with a trap, the decelerator provides a means to store the molecules for times up to seconds. Here, we review our efforts to produce cold molecules via this technique. In particular, we present a new generation Stark decelerator and electrostatic trap that selects a significant part of a molecular beam pulse that can be loaded into the trap. Deceleration and trapping experiments using a beam of OH radicals are discussed.