Interferometry with Large Molecules: Exploration of Coherence, Decoherence and Novel Beam Methods

Author(s): M. Arndt, L. Hackermüller, E. Reiger

Journal: Brazilian Journal of Physics

Volume: 35

Page(s): 216-223

Year: 2005

DOI Number: 10.1590/S0103-97332005000200004

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Abstract:

Quantum experiments with complex objects are of fundamental interest as they allow to quantitatively trace the quantum-to-classical transition under the influence of various interactions between the quantum object and its environment. We briefly review the present status of matter wave interferometry and decoherence studies with large molecules and focus in particular on the challenges for novel beam methods for molecular quantum optics with clusters, macromolecules or nanocrystals.

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