Microwaves direct the interplay of waltzing molecules

7 Feb 2023

The existence of so-called super molecules has long been predicted theoretically. Now, a Munich team of researchers managed for the first time to create the conditions for proving these exotic entities.

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Cluster of Excellence MCQST has for the first time observed evidence of a phenomenon that had previously only been suspected: a theory predicts that exotic bound states can arise when ultracold polar molecules collide. Visible changes in the collision properties now indicate in the experiment that this effect is indeed possible.


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