Manipulation of molecules with electromagnetic fields

Mikhail Lemeshko, Roman V. Krems, John M. Doyle, Sabre Kais

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The goal of the present article is to review the major developments that have led to the current understanding of molecule-field interactions and experimental methods for manipulating molecules with electromagnetic fields. Molecule-field interactions are at the core of several, seemingly distinct areas of molecular physics. This is reflected in the organisation of this article, which includes sections on field control of molecular beams, external field traps for cold molecules, control of molecular orientation and molecular alignment, manipulation of molecules by non-conservative forces, ultracold molecules and ultracold chemistry, controlled many-body phenomena, entanglement of molecules and dipole arrays, and stability of molecular systems in high-frequency super-intense laser fields. The article contains 852 references.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1648-1682
Number of pages35
JournalMolecular Physics
Issue number12-13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • AC stark shift
  • adiabatic and non-adiabatic alignment
  • cold molecules
  • combined fields
  • deceleration
  • entanglement
  • evaporative and sympathetic cooling
  • focusing
  • laser cooling of molecules; many-body physics with dipolar gases
  • molecular beams; Stark effect
  • molecular collisions; stabilisation of molecules in intense fields
  • molecules in fields
  • quantum information processing
  • short laser pulses
  • spin models
  • trapping molecules; orientation
  • ultracold chemistry
  • Zeeman effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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