Volume 118, Number 1, April 2017
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Published online||12 June 2017|
Nondestructive detection of polar molecules via Rydberg atoms
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik - Hans-Kopfermann-Straße 1, 85748 Garching, Germany
Received: 8 December 2016
Accepted: 24 May 2017
A highly sensitive, general, and preferably nondestructive technique to detect polar molecules would greatly advance a number of fields, in particular quantum science with cold and ultracold molecules. Here, we propose using resonant energy transfer between molecules and Rydberg atoms to detect molecules. Based on an energy transfer cross-section of > 10−6 cm2 for sufficiently low collision energies, a near unit efficiency non-destructive detection of basically any polar molecule species in a well-defined internal state should be possible.
PACS: 34.90.+q – Other topics in atomic and molecular collision processes and interactions (restricted to new topics in section 34)
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