Optical Stark deceleration of nitric oxide and benzene molecules using optical lattices

R. Fulton, A. I. Bishop, M. N. Shneider, P. F. Barker

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Abstract

We describe the deceleration of nitric oxide, benzene and xenon atoms in a molecular beam using one-dimensional pulsed optical lattices created by fields with intensities in the 1012 W cm-2 range. We show that for the same pulse duration and lattice intensity the velocity of the molecules can be controlled by tailoring the lattice velocity. By utilizing the time-dependent oscillatory motion of the molecules within the lattice, we demonstrate the deceleration of nitric oxide from an initial velocity of 400 m s-1 to a final velocity of 290 m s-1 in a single 5.8 ns pulse. Using higher intensities, we measure the deceleration of benzene molecules from 380 m s-1 to 191 m s-1, representing a 75% reduction in the kinetic energy within the lattice over the same duration. © 2006 IOP Publishing Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS20
Pages (from-to)S1097-S1109
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume39
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2006

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