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Issue 2, 2014
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Imaging of spatial many-body wave functions via linear momentum measurements

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Abstract

The equivalence of a complete characterization of linear momenta of fragments from a many-body fragmentation process and the spatial wave function of the many-body system is discussed. Our experiment on three-body dissociation of state selected H3 and D3 molecules into ground-state hydrogen atoms strongly suggests the existence of such a close relationship as it is also predicted by theory in the form of the imaging theorem. We conclude that prudent imaging of many-body fragmentation provides a laboratory view of the squared many-body wave function at a spatial scale of molecular dimensions at which fragments exit into the realm of independent free particles.

Graphical abstract: Imaging of spatial many-body wave functions via linear momentum measurements

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The article was received on 03 Aug 2013, accepted on 06 Sep 2013 and first published on 24 Sep 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP53300J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 453-457
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    Imaging of spatial many-body wave functions via linear momentum measurements

    P. C. Fechner and H. Helm, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 453
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP53300J

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