Realization of a Ramsey-Bordé matter wave interferometer on the K2 molecule
Institut für Quantenoptik, Universität Hannover, Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany
Published online: 15 November 2000
We show first results and systematic investigations of a matter wave interferometer with the K2 molecule, using a transition between the electronic ground state X and the state b . This spin forbidden transition is observable due to spin-orbit coupling between the states b and A . The experimental results are compared with numerical simulations, which show the power of the interferometer to observe small phase shifts by weak interactions.
PACS: 03.75.Dg – Atom and neutron interferometry / 42.50.Vk – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, electrons, and ions / 42.62.Fi – Laser spectroscopy
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2000