Multiple Packets of Neutral Molecules Revolving for over a Mile

P.C. Zieger, S.Y.T. van de Meerakker, C.E. Heiner, H.L. Bethlem, A.J.A. van Roij, G. Meijer

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The level of control that one has over neutral molecules in beams dictates their possible applications. Here we experimentally demonstrate that state-selected, neutral molecules can be kept together in a few mm long packet for a distance of over one mile. This is accomplished in a circular arrangement of 40 straight electrostatic hexapoles through which the molecules propagate over 1000 times. Up to 19 packets of molecules have simultaneously been stored in this ring structure. This brings the realization of a molecular low-energy collider within reach. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173001
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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