The MP building (June 2004).
The research projects in the Department of Molecular Physics focus on two
(i) "Molecular physics studies with infrared radiation".
these research projects, the IR optical properties and dynamics of
molecules, clusters and cluster-adsorbate complexes are studied in the
gas-phase. Highlights during the last two years have been the measurement
of the far-infrared vibrational spectra for a variety of transition metal
clusters, and the spectroscopic identification of unexpected structures
for gas phase aluminum-oxide clusters.
(ii) "Cold Molecules".
The aim of
these research projects is to develop experimental schemes to achieve full
control over both the internal and external degrees of freedom of neutral
molecules, and to exploit these schemes in investigations of the
properties of (samples of) cold molecules. Highlights of this research
have been the proof-of-principle demonstration of collision studies as a
function of collision energy and the demonstration of a "molecular