Selecting molecules in the vibrational and rotational ground state by deflection
Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, 1525 Budapest, P.O. Box 49, Hungary
Corresponding author: a email@example.com
Revised: 17 November 2000
Published online: 15 April 2001
A beam of diatomic molecules scattered off a standing wave laser mode splits according to the rovibrational quantum state of the molecules. Our numerical calculation shows that single state resolution can be achieved by properly tuned, monochromatic light. The proposed scheme allows for selecting non-vibrating and non-rotating molecules from a thermal beam, implementing a laser Maxwell's demon to prepare a rovibrationally cold molecular ensemble.
PACS: 42.50.Vk – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, electrons, and ions / 32.80.Lg – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, and ions / 33.80.-b – Photon interactions with molecules
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2001