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A dipolar gas of ultracold molecules

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Abstract

Ultracold polar molecular gases promise new directions and exciting applications in collisions and chemical reactions at ultralow energies, precision measurements, novel quantum phase transitions, and quantum information science. Here we briefly discuss key experimental requirements for observing strong dipole–dipole interactions in an ultracold dipolar gas of molecules. We then survey current experimental progress in the field with a focus on our recent work creating a near quantum degenerate gas of KRb polar molecules [Niet al., Science, 2008, 322, 231].

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The article was received on 16 Jun 2009, accepted on 28 Jul 2009 and first published on 25 Aug 2009


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B911779B
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009,11, 9626-9639
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    A dipolar gas of ultracold molecules

    K.-K. Ni, S. Ospelkaus, D. J. Nesbitt, J. Ye and D. S. Jin, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 9626
    DOI: 10.1039/B911779B

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