Abstract

We propose a novel scheme to generate a cw cold molecular beam by optically guided buffer-gas-cooled molecules around an S-shaped integrated fiber bundle. First we calculate the two-color evanescent field around the fiber bundle and its optical potential for I2 molecules. Then we estimate the guiding efficiency of the output molecular beam and its transverse and longitudinal temperatures based on a classical model. Finally, we study the dynamic process of the molecular guiding by using a classical Monte Carlo simulation, by which we obtain some simulated results consistent with the theoretically calculated results. Our study shows that when the power of the input CO2 laser is 10W and the curvature radius of the fiber bundle is 0.2cm, a cw cold molecular beam with a longitudinal and transverse temperature of 57mK and 0.29mK can be generated by our scheme. It is clear that such a cold molecular beam has some important applications in molecular optics and other fields.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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