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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: Nov 02, 2015

The Regal and Rey groups have come up with a novel way to generate and propagate quantum entanglement [1], a key feature required for quantum...

Published: Oct 21, 2015

Scientists often use ultracold atoms to study the behavior of atoms and electrons in solids and liquids (a.k.a. condensed matter). Their goal is...

Published: Oct 16, 2015

Fellow Phil Armitage and his collaborator Jake Simon of the Southwest Research Institute recently conducted a theoretical study of turbulence in...

Published: Oct 16, 2015

The Perkins Group has demonstrated a 50-to-100 times improvement in the time resolution for studying the details of protein folding and unfolding...

Published: Oct 05, 2015

It took Eric Cornell three years to build JILA’s first Top Trap with his own two hands in the lab. The innovative trap relied primarily on...

Published: Sep 21, 2015

The Kapteyn/Murnane group, with Visiting Fellow Charles Durfee, has figured out how to use visible lasers to control x-ray light! The new method...

Published: Aug 19, 2015

Graduate student Brian Lester of the Regal group has taken an important step toward building larger, more complex systems from single-atom...

Published: Aug 14, 2015

Ever wondered how magnetic pressure alone might be able to maintain the structure of an accretion disk around a black hole in an x-ray binary...

Published: Aug 10, 2015

Compact and transportable optical lattices are coming soon to a laboratory near you, thanks to the Anderson group and its spin-off company,...

Published: Aug 06, 2015

When an ordinary star like our Sun wanders very close to a supermassive black hole, it’s very bad news for the star. The immense gravitational...

Published: Jul 16, 2015

For astrophysicists like Fellow Jeff Linsky, the Lyman-α spectral line of atomic hydrogen is a powerful tool for investigating the stellar winds...

Published: Jul 01, 2015

A grand challenge of ultracold physics is figuring out how fermions become bosons. This is an important question because the tiniest quantum...

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