On the prospects of interferometry and deflectometry for characterizing large molecules

Author(s): M. Arndt, M. Berninger, S. Deachapunya, S. Gerlich, L. Hackermüller, A. Major, M. Marksteiner, A. Stefanov, H. Ulbricht

Journal: Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics

Volume: 159

Page(s): 1–9

Year: 2008

DOI Number: 10.1140/epjst/e2008-00687-9

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We investigate the prospects of near-field matter-wave interferometry

for the sensitive determination of molecular properties, such as electric polarizabilities, electric and magnetic dipole moments or even life-times of some molecular states. We discuss how important principles of our present quantum experiments can be transferred to the classical regime, i.e. to a Moir´e deflectometer in order to also measure characteristic properties of large clusters and biomolecules.

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