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Microwave shielding of ultracold polar molecules.

Karman, Tijs and Hutson, Jeremy M. (2018) 'Microwave shielding of ultracold polar molecules.', Physical review letters., 121 (16). p. 163401.


We use microwaves to engineer repulsive long-range interactions between ultracold polar molecules. The resulting shielding suppresses various loss mechanisms and provides large elastic cross sections. Hyperfine interactions limit the shielding under realistic conditions, but a magnetic field allows suppression of the losses to below 10 − 14     cm 3   s − 1 . The mechanism and optimum conditions for shielding differ substantially from those proposed by Gorshkov et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 073201 (2008)], and do not require cancellation of the long-range dipole-dipole interaction that is vital to many applications.

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Publisher statement:Reprinted with permission from the American Physical Society: Karman, Tijs & Hutson, Jeremy M. (2018). Microwave Shielding of Ultracold Polar Molecules. Physical Review Letters 121(16): 163401 © (2018) by the American Physical Society. Readers may view, browse, and/or download material for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or part, without prior written permission from the American Physical Society.
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Date deposited:18 October 2018
Date of first online publication:16 October 2018
Date first made open access:18 October 2018

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