Absolute absorption spectroscopy based on molecule interferometry

Stefan Nimmrichter, Klaus Hornberger, Hendrik Ulbricht, Markus Arndt

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Abstract

We propose a method to measure the absolute photon absorption cross section of neutral molecules in a molecular beam. It is independent of our knowledge of the particle beam density, nor does it rely on photoinduced fragmentation or ionization. The method is based on resolving the recoil resulting from photon absorption by means of near-field matter-wave interference, and it thus applies even to very dilute beams with low optical densities. Our discussion includes the possibility of internal state conversion as well as fluorescence. We assess the influence of various experimental uncertainties and show that the measurement of absolute absorption cross sections is conceivable with high precision and using existing technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number063607
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume78
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 103026 Quantum optics

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