Dipole moments in long-range Rydberg molecule

Speaker: 
Seth Rittenhouse, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2014-06-19 14:00 - 15:00
Location: 
Chem D-215
Local Contact: 
Roman Krems
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

Over a decade ago, the existence of long-range Rydberg molecules was first predicted.  These diatomic molecules consist of an atom excited to a high-lying Rydberg state and another atom in its ground state.  These molecules were predicted to be very large (~0.1 micrometers) and to exhibit extreme sensitivity to external fields.  Among the most remarkable predicted properties of this system is the existence of extremely large dipole moments (~ 1 kiloDebye) in homonuclear molecules.  In recent years, the first experimental evidence for these molecules has emerged, and researchers have begun the initial exploration of their dipole moments.  In this talk, I will discuss recent theoretical and experimental advances in the exploration of this exotic species of molecule, including the first direct measurement of ultra-large dipole moments in homonuclear, diatomic Cesium molecules.

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