Cavity sideband cooling of trapped molecules

Markus Kowalewski, Giovanna Morigi, Pepijn Willemszoon Harry Pinkse, Regina de Vivie-Riedle

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The efficiency of cavity sideband cooling of trapped molecules is theoretically investigated for the case in which the infrared transition between two rovibrational states is used as a cycling transition. The molecules are assumed to be trapped either by a radiofrequency or optical trapping potential, depending on whether they are charged or neutral, and confined inside a high-finesse optical resonator that enhances radiative emission into the cavity mode. Using realistic experimental parameters and COS as a representative molecular example, we show that in this setup, cooling to the trap ground state is feasible
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)033408-1-033408-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical review A: Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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