Roland Wester

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Solvents have a profound influence on chemical reactions in solution and have long been used to control their outcome. Such effects are generally considered to be governed by thermodynamics; however, little is known about the steric effects of solvent molecules. Here, we probe the influence of individual solvent molecules on reaction dynamics and present(More)
We present a study of the different product channels in the reactions of OH and OH-(H2O) with methyl iodide over a range of collision energies. Direct dynamics classical trajectory simulations are employed to obtain an atomistic comparison with the experimental results. For the experiments we have combined a crossed beam ion imaging setup with a multipole(More)
Ultracold LiCs molecules in the absolute ground state X1Sigma+, v'' = 0, J'' = 0 are formed via a single photoassociation step starting from laser-cooled atoms. The selective production of v'' = 0, J'' = 2 molecules with a 50-fold higher rate is also demonstrated. The rotational and vibrational state of the ground state molecules is determined in a setup(More)
The energy-resolved rate coefficient for the dissociative recombination (DR) of H(3)(+) with slow electrons has been measured by the storage-ring method using an ion beam produced from a radiofrequency multipole ion trap, employing buffer-gas cooling at 13 K. The electron energy spread of the merged-beams measurement is reduced to 500 microeV by using a(More)
The association and collisional stabilization of the S(N)2 entrance channel complex [Cl(-)...CH3Cl]* is studied in a low-temperature radiofrequency ion trap. The temperature dependence of the ternary rate coefficient is measured and a much stronger inverse temperature dependence than expected from a simple statistical calculation is found. From these data(More)
We have studied the negative ion reaction NH2-+H_{2}-->NH_{3}+H- in the temperature range from 300 to 8 K. We observe a strongly suppressed probability for proton transfer at room temperature. With decreasing temperature, this probability increases, in accordance with a longer lifetime of an intermediate anion-neutral complex. At low temperatures, a maximum(More)
We demonstrate the photoassociation of ultracold rubidium dimers using coherent femtosecond pulses. Starting from a cloud of ultracold rubidium atoms, electronically excited rubidium molecules are formed with shaped photoassociation pump pulses. The excited state molecules are projected with a time-delayed probe pulse onto molecular ion states which are(More)
We present the first observation of ultracold LiCs molecules. The molecules are formed in a two-species magneto-optical trap and detected by two-photon ionization and time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The production rate coefficient is found to be in the range 10 −18 cm 3 s −1 to 10 −16 cm 3 s −1 , at least an order of magnitude smaller than for other(More)
The charge transfer reaction Ar(+)+N(2)→Ar+N(2)(+) has been investigated in a crossed-beam experiment in combination with three-dimensional velocity map imaging. Angular-differential state-to-state cross sections were determined as a function of the collision energy. We found that scattering into the first excited vibrational level dominates as expected,(More)
Measurements on the energetic structure of the dissociative recombination rate coefficient in the millielectronvolt range are described for H3+ ions produced in the lowest rotational levels by collisional cooling and stored as a fast beam in the magnetic storage ring TSR (Test Storage Ring). The observed resonant structure is consistent with that found(More)