Transverse stability in a Stark decelerator

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

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The concept of phase stability in a Stark decelerator ensures that polar molecules can be accelerated, guided, or decelerated without loss; molecules within a certain position and velocity interval are kept together throughout the deceleration process. In this paper the influence of the transverse motion on phase stability in a Stark decelerator is investigated. For typical deceleration experiments-i.e., for high values of the phase angle phi(0)-the transverse motion considerably enhances the region in phase space for which phase stable deceleration occurs. For low values of phi(0), however, the transverse motion reduces the acceptance of a Stark decelerator and unstable regions in phase space appear. These effects are quantitatively explained in terms of a coupling between the longitudinal and transverse motion. The predicted longitudinal acceptance of a Stark decelerator is verified by measurements on a beam of OH (X (2)Pi(3/2),J=3/2) radicals passing through a Stark decelerator.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review A. Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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