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The formation and interactions of cold and ultracold molecules: new challenges for interdisciplinary physics

Year: 2009

Authors: Dulieu O., Gabbanini C.

Autors Affiliation: Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, CNRS, Univ Paris-Sud 11, Bt. 505, F-91405 Orsay Cedex, France; Istituto per i Processi Chimico-fisici Del C.N.R., Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy

Abstract: Progress on research in the field of molecules at cold and ultracold temperatures is reported in this review. It covers extensively the experimental methods to produce, detect and characterize cold and ultracold molecules including association of ultracold atoms, deceleration by external fields and kinematic cooling. Confinement of molecules in different kinds of traps is also discussed. The basic theoretical issues related to the knowledge of the molecular structure, the atom-molecule and molecule-molecule mutual interactions, and to their possible manipulation and control with external fields, are reviewed. A short discussion on the broad area of applications completes the review.


Volume: 72 (8)      Pages from: 086401  to: 086401

More Information: The authors are indebted to Daniel Comparat, Goran Pichler and Marin Pichler, for their critical reading of the manuscript. This work is supported in part by the network \’Quantum Dipolar Molecules (QuDipMol)\’ of the EUROQUAM framework of the European Science Foundation (ESF).
KeyWords: cold molecules; BEC; Fermi gas; potential-energy curves; high-resolution spectrocopy
DOI: 10.1088/0034-4885/72/8/086401

Citations: 144
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