Taming molecular beams

S.Y.T. Van De Meerakker, H.L. Bethlem, G. Meijer

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The motion of neutral molecules in a beam can be manipulated with inhomogeneous electric and magnetic fields. Static fields can be used to deflect or focus molecules, whereas time-varying fields can be used to decelerate or accelerate beams of molecules to any desired velocity. We review the possibilities that this molecular-beam technology offers, ranging from ultrahigh-resolution spectroscopy using molecular fountains to novel crossed-beam scattering experiments. © 2008 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-602
JournalNature Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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