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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: May 11, 2015

A wildly successful JILA (Nesbitt Group)-NIH collaboration is opening the door to studies of RNA behavior, including binding, folding and other...

Published: Apr 30, 2015

For decades after the invention of the red ruby laser in 1960, bright laser-like beams were confined to the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet...

Published: Apr 21, 2015

The Ye group has just improved the accuracy of the world’s best optical atomic clock by another factor of three and set a new record for clock...

Published: Apr 20, 2015

The Ye Group recently investigated what first appeared to be a “bug” in an experiment and made an unexpected discovery about a new way to generate...

Published: Mar 23, 2015

One of the great challenges in the semiconductor and electronics industries is that as nanoscale features get smaller and processes get faster,...

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Supermassive black holes at the center of active galaxies are known as blazars when they are extremely bright and produce powerful jets of matter...

Published: Mar 02, 2015

The photoelectric effect has been well known since the publication of Albert Einstein’s 1905 paper explaining that quantized particles of light...

Published: Feb 27, 2015

When the Rey theory group first modeled a quantum system at JILA, it investigated the interactions of strontium atoms in the Ye group’s strontium-...

Published: Jan 20, 2015

Because red fluorescent proteins are important tools for cellular imaging, the Jimenez group is working to improve them to further biophysics...

Published: Dec 10, 2014

Until recently, researchers who wanted to understand how magnetic materials work had to reserve time on a large, stadium-sized X-ray machine...

Published: Oct 31, 2014

New theory describing the spin behavior of ultracold polar molecules is opening the door to explorations of exciting, new physics in JILA’s cold...

Published: Oct 14, 2014

Dynamical phase transitions in the quantum world are wildly noisy and chaotic. They don’t look anything like the phase transitions we observe in...

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