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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: Jun 28, 2016

Fellow Judah Levine recently presented a discussion of our understanding of time from antiquity to the present day in an insightful paper...

Published: Jun 02, 2016

The Kapteyn/Murnane group has measured how long it takes an electron born into an excited state inside a piece of nickel to escape from its...

Published: May 04, 2016

The Ye group just solved a major problem for using molecular...

Published: Apr 21, 2016

Move over, single-atom laser cooling! The Holland theory group has just come up with a stunning idea for a new kind of laser cooling for use with...

Published: Apr 20, 2016

The old JILA molecule factory (built in 2002) produced the world’s first ultracold polar molecules [potassium-rubidium (KRb)] in 2008. The old...

Published: Mar 31, 2016

The Ye and Rey groups have discovered the strange rules of quantum baseball in which strontium (Sr) atoms are the players, and photons of light...

Published: Feb 10, 2016

Cong Chen and his colleagues in the Kapteyn/Murnane group have generated one of the most complex coherent light fields ever produced using...

Published: Jan 28, 2016

The Rey and Ye groups are in the midst of an extended collaboration on using the Ye group’s strontium (Sr) lattice clock for studies of spin-orbit...

Published: Dec 08, 2015

In 2008, Fellow Jeff Linsky and his colleague Seth Redfield of Wesleyan University used spectral information gathered by the Hubble Space...

Published: Dec 03, 2015

Imagine laser-like x-ray beams that can “see” through materials––all the way into the heart of atoms. Or, envision an exquisitely controlled four-...

Published: Nov 30, 2015

In the future, quantum microwave networks may handle quantum information transfer via optical fibers or microwave cables. The evolution of a...

Published: Nov 06, 2015

JILA’s cold molecule collaboration (Jin and Ye Groups, with theory support from the Rey Group) recently made a breakthrough in its efforts to use...

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