Laser cooling of internal degrees of freedom of molecules

R. Horchani*

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Abstract

Optical pumping techniques using laser fields combined with photo-association of ultracold atoms leads to control of the vibrational and/or rotational population of molecules. In this study, we review the basic concepts and main steps that should be followed, including the excitation schemes and detection techniques used to achieve ro-vibrational cooling of Cs2 molecules. We also discuss the extension of this technique to other molecules. In addition, we present a theoretical model used to support the experiment. These simulations can be widely used for the preparation of various experiments because they allow the optimization of several important experimental parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113301
JournalFrontiers of Physics
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cold molecule
  • optical pumping
  • photo-association
  • vibrational and rotational cooling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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