Imaging Cold Molecules on a Chip

Year: 2013

Authors: Marx S., Adu Smith D., Abel M. J., Zehentbauer T., Meijer G., Santambrogio G.

Autors Affiliation: Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin, Germany; Radboud University of Nijmegen, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Heijendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Abstract: We present the integrated imaging of cold molecules in a microchip environment. The on-chip detection is based on resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization, which is quantum state selective and generally applicable. We demonstrate and characterize time-resolved spatial imaging and subsequently use it to analyze the effect of a phase-space manipulation sequence aimed at compressing the velocity distribution of a molecular ensemble with a view to future high-resolution spectroscopic studies. The realization of such on-chip measurements adds the final fundamental component to the molecule chip, offering a new and promising route for investigating cold molecules.


Volume: 111 (24)      Pages from: 2430070  to: 2430070

More Information: We gratefully acknowledge the work of the electronic laboratory of the Fritz Haber Institute, in particular Georg Heyne and Viktor Platschkowski, as well as fruitful discussions with Samuel A. Meek. This work has been funded by the European Community\’s Seventh Framework Program FP7/2007-2013 under Grant Agreement No. 216 774 and ERC-2009-AdG under Grant Agreement No. 247142-MolChip.
KeyWords: cold molecules; spectroscopy; microchip; detection; imaging
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.243007

Citations: 9
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