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Low-temperature physics

A chilling effect for molecules

Cold and ultracold molecules provide fertile grounds for scientific discoveries. A method of cooling polyatomic molecules has been demonstrated that will allow researchers to explore the vast potential of these entities. See Letter p.570

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Figure 1: Optoelectrical molecular cooling scheme.


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