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Periodic Report - M-BEC (Bose-Einstein condensation of ground state molecules)

Project ID: 220021
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


The specific aim of this project is to produce a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of rovibronic ground state molecules, i.e. molecules in the lowest vibrational and rotational level of the electronic molecular ground state. This BEC will serve as a starting point for the investigation of molecular collisional processes in the zero-temperature limit and for the study of fully coherent chemical processes. As outlined in this report, the M-BEC project intends to bridge the boundaries between atomic, molecular and condensed matter physics with strong linking with the newly emerging field of ultracold chemistry.

The report goes on to explain that their results greatly extended the role of atomic physics of ultra-cold gases to investigate the fundamental interactions within nature. The sample of ultra-cold molecules provides new avenues to investigate the quantum interactions of more complex particles, in particular, to study quantum chemistry. Finally, their findings on the dynamics of matter waves within periodic potentials, greatly extends the role of BEC's within the context of high precision interferometric measurements.

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