Water vapor at a translational temperature of 1 K

T. Rieger*, T. Junglen, S. A. Rangwala, G. Rempe, P. W H Pinkse, J. Bulthuis

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Abstract

We report the creation of a confined slow beam of heavy-water (D2 O) molecules with a translational temperature around 1 K. This is achieved by filtering slow D2 O from a thermal ensemble with inhomogeneous static electric fields exploiting the quadratic Stark shift of D2 O. All previous demonstrations of electric-field manipulation of cold dipolar molecules rely on a predominantly linear Stark shift. Further, on the basis of elementary molecular properties and our filtering technique we argue that our D2 O beam contains molecules in only a few rovibrational states.

Original languageEnglish
Article number061402
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume73
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes

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