Trapping molecules on a chip in traveling potential wells

S.A. Meek, H.L. Bethlem, H. Conrad, G. Meijer

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A microstructured array of over 1200 electrodes on a substrate has been configured to generate an array of local minima of electric field strength with a periodicity of 120μm about 25μm above the substrate. By applying sinusoidally varying potentials to the electrodes, these minima can be made to move smoothly along the array. Polar molecules in low field seeking quantum states can be trapped in these traveling potential wells. This is experimentally demonstrated by transporting metastable CO molecules in 30mK deep wells that move at constant velocities above the substrate. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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