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Published: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 8:30pm

JILA researchers have created the first quantum degenerate gas of polar molecules. This new form of matter has been a decade-long goal of molecular chemistry. This achievement will allow researchers to better understand the role of quantum physics in chemical reactions, and could make molecules a potential candidate for quantum information storage or precision measurement tools.

 

Understanding chemistry requires understanding both molecules and quantum physics. The former defines the start and end of chemical reactions, the latter dictates the dynamics in between.

JILA researchers now have a better understanding of both.  

For the last decade, JILA researchers have expertly chilled, and then combined, atoms into ultracold polar molecules. But today, researchers in the Ye group announced achievement of the next step: combining cold atoms into quantum degenerate polar molecules. This new form of molecular matter amplifies many-body quantum effects between molecules and has already furthered our understanding...

Published: Oct 04, 2018

JILA researchers are using lasers to control chemical reactions at the quantum level. This control brings new insights to our understanding of...

Published: Sep 24, 2018

JILA researchers are devising methods to network quantum computers. These networks will exponentially increase...

Published: Sep 04, 2018

JILA Researchers have generated the most powerful XUV frequency comb yet. This tabletop experiment generates powers...

Published: Aug 13, 2018

A collaboration between the Thompson Lab and Rey’s theory group is exploiting phenomena related to Quantum...

Published: Jul 18, 2018

The hardest problems are never solved by one person. They are solved by teams; or in the case of science, collaborations.

It took a...

Published: Jun 29, 2018

A large fraction of JILA research relies on laser cooling of atoms, ions and molecules for applications as diverse as world-leading atomic clocks...

Published: Jun 28, 2018

JILA researchers have created a laser-controlled "electron faucet", which emits a ...

Published: Jun 27, 2018

“Well, this isn’t going to work.”

That was recent JILA graduate Carrie Weidner’s first thought when her advisor, JILA Fellow Dana Anderson...

Published: Mar 15, 2018

We all know what a tenth of a second feels like. It’s a jiffy, a snap of the fingers, or a camera shutter click. But what does 14 billion years–...

Published: Mar 02, 2018

Magnets hold cards to your fridge, and store data in your computer. They can power speakers, and produce detailed medical images. And yet, despite...

Published: Feb 23, 2018

Jupiter is large enough to fit 1,300 Earths inside, and still have room. But like all planets, Jupiter was once nothing more than a cosmic dust...

Published: Feb 08, 2018

Researchers from the Raschke group are lighting up dark excitons.

Specifically, the Raschke group developed a method to observe dark...

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