Research

Cold Chemistry - Reactions Under 1K.

At low temperatures wavelike properties of atoms and molecules start dominating reaction dynamics. Classically forbidden phenomena such as tunneling through potential barriers becomes the dominant reaction mechanism.

We have been the first to observe a sharp increase in the reaction rate because of quantum effects at temperatures reaching 0.01K.

In order to achieve this goal we had to develop a completely new approach to experimental cold chemistry.

 

Moving Magnetic Trap

Supersonic beams generate ensembles of cold and very fast paramagnetic atoms or molecules.

We can load them in a 3D moving magnetic trap and bring them to rest in the laboratory frame of references without losses!