Trapping and cooling molecules is a hot topic of research with applications in both chemistry and physics, spanning from testing fundamental theories to quantum computing, and one method for trapping atoms and molecules is via microwave cavity.
This week’s Image of the Week shows the cross section of such a cavity.
In their recent paper in JPhysB, D P Dunseith, S Truppe and colleagues at Imperial College London demonstrate a microwave cavity experimentally and theoretically.
The image itself shows the cross section (a horizontal slice) across the cavity, indicating how the intesity of the field inside it varies.
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Image: Cross section of the simulated TEM003 mode in the xy-plane of a spherical Fabry-Perot cavity at 14 GHz, from D P Dunseith et al 2015 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 48 045001. Copyright IOP Publishing 2015.