Deceleration of molecules in a supersonic beam by the optical field in a low-finesse cavity

Zhihao Lan, Yongkai Zhao, Peter F. Barker, Weiping Lu

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Abstract

We study the dynamics of a supersonic molecular beam in a low-finesse optical cavity and demonstrate that most molecules in the beam can be decelerated to zero central velocity by the intracavity optical field in a process analogous to electrostatic Stark deceleration. We show that the rapid switching of the optical field for slowing the molecules is automatically generated by the cavity-induced dynamics. We further show that ~1% of the molecules can be optically trapped at a few millikelvin in the same cavity. © 2010 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013419
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume81
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2010

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