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Optimizing the density of Stark decelerated radicals at low final velocities: a tutorial review

Authors
  • Haas, Dominik1
  • Scherb, Sebastian1
  • Zhang, Dongdong1
  • Willitsch, Stefan1
  • 1 University of Basel, Department of Chemistry, Klingelbergstrasse 80, Basel, 4056, Switzerland , Basel (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
Sep 25, 2017
Volume
4
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1140/epjti/s40485-017-0041-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The Stark deceleration technique can produce molecular beams with very low velocities. In order to maximize the density of decelerated molecules, experimental parameters such as the velocity, the velocity spread and the spatial spread of the initial molecular beam as well as the operation characteristics of the decelerator have to be chosen appropriately. In this tutorial review, we describe procedures for the optimization of the density of Stark decelerated radicals for low-velocity applications which are of interest in, e.g., molecule trapping and cold-collision studies.

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