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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 01, 2005

Brad Perkins and his thesis advisor Fellow David Nesbitt recently decided to explore what happens when fast, cold carbon dioxide molecules...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Imagine high-school or college students so excited about physics they can hardly wait to get to class every day and learn more about how the...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Graduate students Dave Harber and John Obrecht, postdoc Jeff McGuirk, and Fellow Eric Cornell recently devised a clever way to use a Bose-...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Gamma-ray jets produced deep within massive stars can blow apart the star when they emerge, creating a supernova. The jets are very light and...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

For nearly 18 years, JILA Fellow Dick McCray has been studying the brightest supernova to light up Earth's night skies since the Renaissance...

Published: Sep 30, 2005

RNA molecules can perform amazing biological feats, including storing, transporting, and reading genetic blueprints as well as catalyzing...

Published: Aug 09, 2005

Fellow Jan Hall has been working on stabilizing the frequency of lasers since the 1960s. Now, he, JILA Research Associate Mark Notcutt, Long-Sheng...

Published: May 11, 2005

Rosalba Perna and colleagues Jonathan Granot of Stanford and Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study recently...

Published: May 01, 2005

Lora Nugent-Glandorf and Tom Perkins have come up with an optical trap motion detector that can "see" protein motors moving one base...

Published: Apr 29, 2005

What really happens inside black holes?

Andrew Hamilton and Scott Pollack, a graduate student in the Physics Department, recently...

Published: Apr 17, 2005

Markus Greiner, Cindy Regal, Jayson Stewart, and Debbie Jin have found the first-ever visual evidence of correlated ultracold atoms in the noise...

Published: Apr 10, 2005

Jason Jones, Kevin Moll, Mike Thorpe, and Jun Ye have generated the world's first precise frequency comb in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) using a...

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