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Cold molecules: Progress in quantum engineering of chemistry and quantum matter

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Science  08 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6355, pp. 1002-1010
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam6299

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Abstract

Cooling atoms to ultralow temperatures has produced a wealth of opportunities in fundamental physics, precision metrology, and quantum science. The more recent application of sophisticated cooling techniques to molecules, which has been more challenging to implement owing to the complexity of molecular structures, has now opened the door to the longstanding goal of precisely controlling molecular internal and external degrees of freedom and the resulting interaction processes. This line of research can leverage fundamental insights into how molecules interact and evolve to enable the control of reaction chemistry and the design and realization of a range of advanced quantum materials.

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