Longer Lived Molecules

July 1, 2020
Forming a Single Molecule in an Optical Tweezer (artist's representation)

Individual molecules placed in precisely defined quantum states could provide the building blocks for molecular arrays for quantum computing applications. But first, researchers need to develop techniques for creating these molecules. Now Jessie Zhang at Harvard University and colleagues demonstrate such a technique for forming a long-lived single NaCs molecule in a specific, reversible quantum state...

Continue reading "Longer Lived Molecules" by Katherine Wright in Physics 13, June 25, 2020. 

Also read the original research article: 
Jessie T. Zhang, Yichao Yu, William B. Cairncross, Kenneth Wang, Lewis R. B. Picard, Jonathan D. Hood, Yen-Wei Lin, Jeremy M. Hutson, and Kang-Kuen Ni, Forming a Single Molecule by Magnetoassociation in an Optical Tweezer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 253401 (2020).