Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Chemical physics

Quantum control of light-induced reactions

An investigation of how ultracold molecules are broken apart by light reveals surprising, previously unobserved quantum effects. The work opens up avenues of research in quantum optics. See Letter p.122

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Quantum effects in photodissociation.

Notes

  1. See all news & views

References

  1. McDonald, M. et al. Nature 535, 122–126 (2016).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Busch, G. E., Mahoney, R. T., Morse, R. I. & Wilson, K. R. J. Chem. Phys. 51, 449–450 (1969).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Solomon, J. J. Chem. Phys. 47, 889–895 (1967).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Zare, R. N. & Herschbach, D. R. Appl. Opt. (Suppl.) 4, 193–200 (1965).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  5. Chandler, D. W. & Houston, P. L. J. Chem. Phys. 87, 1445–1447 (1987).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Eppink, A. T. J. B. & Parker, D. H. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 68, 3477–3484 (1997).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  7. Heck, A. J. R. & Chandler, D. W. Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 46, 335–372 (1995).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  8. Ashfold, M. N. R. et al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 8, 26–53 (2006).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  9. McGuyer, B. H. et al. Nature Phys. 11, 32–36 (2015).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to David W. Chandler.

Related links

Related links

Related links in Nature Research

Molecular physics: Complexity trapped by simplicity

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Chandler, D. Quantum control of light-induced reactions. Nature 535, 42–44 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/535042a

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/535042a

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing