Optical centrifuge for molecules

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.3420
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Journal titlePhysical Review Letters
Pages34203423; # of pages: 4
AbstractStrong infrared fields can be used for controlled spinning of molecules to very high angular momentum states. The angular momentum acquired can be sufficient to break molecular bonds. The approach is suitable for all anisotropic molecules, and we illustrate it by dissociating a homonuclear diatomic Cl₂, with optical centrifuge efficiently separating Cl³⁵ and Cl³⁷ isotopes and thus demonstrating high sensitivity to the moment of inertia.
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PublisherAmerican Physical Society
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; Security and Disruptive Technologies; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number21277559
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