Diffraction of Complex Molecules by Structures Made of Light

Olaf Nairz, Björn Brezger, Markus Arndt, and Anton Zeilinger
Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 160401 – Published 26 September 2001
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We demonstrate that structures made of light can be used to coherently control the motion of complex molecules. In particular, we show diffraction of the fullerenes C60 and C70 at a thin grating based on a standing light wave. We prove experimentally that the principles of this effect, well known from atom optics, can be successfully extended to massive and large molecules which are internally in a thermodynamic mixed state and which do not exhibit narrow optical resonances. Our results will be important for the observation of quantum interference with even larger and more complex objects.

  • Received 1 June 2001

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.87.160401

©2001 American Physical Society

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Olaf Nairz, Björn Brezger, Markus Arndt, and Anton Zeilinger

  • Universität Wien, Institut für Experimentalphysik, Boltzmanngasse 5, A-1090 Wien, Austria

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Vol. 87, Iss. 16 — 15 October 2001

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