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Scientists film molecular rotation

29 July 2019

Scientists have used precisely tuned pulses of laser light to film the ultrafast rotation of a molecule. The resulting “molecular movie” tracks one and a half revolutions of carbonyl sulphide (OCS) – a rod-shaped molecule consisting of one oxygen, one carbon and one sulphur atom – taking place within 125 trillionths of a second, at a high temporal and spatial resolution. The team headed by DESY’s Jochen Küpper from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) and Arnaud Rouzée from the Max Born Institute in Berlin are presenting their findings in the journal Nature Communications. CFEL is a cooperation of DESY, the Max Planck Society and Universität Hamburg.

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Cherry picking molecules from the soup: Spatial separation of pyrrole and pyrrole-water clusters

29 January 2019

We demonstrated the spatial separation of pyrrole-water1 clusters with practically 100 % purity from the other atomic and molecular species in a supersonically-expanded beam of pyrrole and traces of water seeded in high-pressure helium gas.

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A new path through the looking-glass

09 November 2018

Theoretical prediction of innovative experimental scheme to create mirror molecules, published in Physical Review Letters.

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Novel corkscrew-laser technique can send molecules spinning rapidly about a selected axis

12 October 2018

Modified optical centrifuge has potential to open up new ways for the study of superrotors, published in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

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