Higher-order resonances in a Stark decelerator

S.Y.T. van de Meerakker, N. Vanhaecke, H.L. Bethlem, G. Meijer

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The motion of polar molecules can be controlled by time-varying inhomogeneous electric fields. In a Stark decelerator, this is exploited to select a fraction of a molecular beam that is accelerated, transported, or decelerated. Phase stability ensures that the selected bunch of molecules is kept together throughout the deceleration process. In this paper an extended description of phase stability in a Stark decelerator is given, including higher-order effects. This analysis predicts a wide variety of resonances that originate from the spatial and temporal periodicity of the electric fields. These resonances are experimentally observed using a beam of OH ((2)&UPi;(3/2),v=0,J=3/2) radicals passing through a Stark decelerator.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review A. Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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