The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 307–313 | Cite as

Slow beams of massive molecules

  • S. Deachapunya
  • P. J. Fagan
  • A. G. Major
  • E. Reiger
  • H. Ritsch
  • A. Stefanov
  • H. UlbrichtEmail author
  • M. Arndt
Laser Cooling and Quantum Gas


Slow beams of neutral molecules are of great interest for a wide range of applications, from cold chemistry through precision measurements to tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics. We report on the quantitative observation of thermal beams of perfluorinated macromolecules with masses up to 6000 amu, reaching velocities down to 11 m/s. Such slow, heavy and neutral molecular beams are of importance for a new class of experiments in matter-wave interferometry and we also discuss the requirements for further manipulation and cooling schemes with molecules in this unprecedented mass range.


39.10.+j Atomic and molecular beam sources and techniques 33.80.Ps Optical cooling of molecules; trapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Deachapunya
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. J. Fagan
    • 3
  • A. G. Major
    • 1
  • E. Reiger
    • 4
  • H. Ritsch
    • 5
  • A. Stefanov
    • 1
  • H. Ulbricht
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Arndt
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Physics, University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsFaculty of Science, Burapha UniversityChonburiThailand
  3. 3.R&D The DuPont Company, PO Box 80328, Experimental StationWilmintonUSA
  4. 4.Kavli Institute of NanoscienceDelftThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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