Slowing molecules by optical microlinear deceleration

P. F. Barker, M. N. Shneider

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We study the creation of stationary cold molecules by rapid deceleration of supersonically cooled molecules in a high-intensity pulsed optical lattice. Using the heavy molecule [Formula Presented] as an example we predict the evolution of the velocity distribution function of the ensemble during the deceleration period, and show that stationary cold molecules with temperatures below 1 K and densities of approximately [Formula Presented] can be produced over length scales of hundreds of micrometers on submicrosecond time scales. 5555 2002 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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