An approach to spin-resolved molecular gas microscopy

Jacob P. Covey, Luigi De Marco, Oscar L. Acevedo, Ana Maria Rey, Jun Ye

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Ultracold polar molecules are an ideal platform for studying many-body physics with long-range dipolar interactions. Experiments in this field have progressed enormously, and several groups are pursuing advanced apparatus for manipulation of molecules with electric fields as well as single-atom-resolved in situ detection. Such detection has become ubiquitous for atoms in optical lattices and tweezer arrays, but has yet to be demonstrated for ultracold polar molecules. Here we present a proposal for the implementation of site-resolved microscopy for polar molecules, and specifically discuss a technique for spin-resolved molecular detection. We use numerical simulation of spin dynamics of lattice-confined polar molecules to show how such a scheme would be of utility in a spin-diffusion experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043031
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • dipolar spin models
  • optical lattices
  • quantum gas microscopy
  • quantum simulation
  • single-molecule control
  • ultracold molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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