+++ONLINE KOLLOQUIUM+++ Collisions between cold molecules in a superconducting magnetic trap (Prof. Dr. Edvardas Narevicius)

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  • Datum: 12.01.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 14:30
  • Vortragende(r): Prof. Dr. Edvardas Narevicius
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Collisions between cold molecules are essential for studying fundamental aspects of quantum chemistry, and may enable formation of quantum degenerate molecular matter by evaporative cooling. However, collisions between trapped, naturally occurring molecules have so far eluded direct observation due to the low collision rates of dilute samples.

I will present our experiment where we directly observed collisions between cold, trapped molecules, achieved without the need of laser cooling. We magnetically capture molecular oxygen in a 0.8K x kB deep superconducting trap, and set bounds on the ratio between the elastic and inelastic scattering rates, the key parameter determining the feasibility of evaporative cooling. We further co-trap and identify collisions between atoms and molecules, paving the way to studies of cold interspecies collisions in a magnetic trap.

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