Stark deceleration and trapping of OH radicals.

  title={Stark deceleration and trapping of OH radicals.},
  author={Sebastiaan Y T van de Meerakker and Nicolas Vanhaecke and Gerard Meijer},
  journal={Annual review of physical chemistry},
The motion of polar molecules can be controlled by time-varying inhomogeneous electric fields. In a Stark decelerator, this is exploited to accelerate, transport, or decelerate a fraction of a molecular beam. When combined with a trap, the decelerator provides a means to store the molecules for times up to seconds. Here, we review our efforts to produce cold molecules via this technique. In particular, we present a new generation Stark decelerator and electrostatic trap that selects a… CONTINUE READING