Many frontier areas of quantum science and technology depend on cooling objects such as atoms or molecules to temperatures near absolute zero. The strategies for achieving this for molecules have often relied on the presence of a single metal atom that allows efficient use of a laser to drain energy from the molecule by forcing it to go “uphill” through many cycles of absorption and emission of light. Here we propose to investigate an unexplored class of molecules with multiple metal atom “optical cycling centers”, whose combined properties could open new vistas of quantum technology possibilities. Parallel studies of the nuclear structure and electronic dynamics of such molecules will teach us how to design and optimize them to produce candidates for new scientific and technological applications.
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- United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)