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One-dimensional confinement of magnetically decelerated supersonic beams of O-2 molecules

TitleOne-dimensional confinement of magnetically decelerated supersonic beams of O-2 molecules
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLiu, Y, Zhou, S, Zhong, W, Djuricanin, P, Momose, T
JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW A
Volume91
Pagination021403
Date PublishedFEB 27
ISSN1050-2947
Abstract

We have demonstrated that supersonic beams of oxygen molecules (O-2) in the ground rotational state were slowed to a near standstill by a linear Zeeman decelerator and successfully confined spatially in an anti-Helmholtz magnetic trap. The translational temperature of the decelerated O-2 molecules was about 800 mK. The demonstrated trapping capability of paramagnetic species opens up various possibilities for the investigation of cold collisions and reactions of various radicals in the sub-kelvin regime by spatially confining them in a magnetic trap.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevA.91.021403