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Featured Research: OU Physicists First to Create New Molecule with Record-Setting Dipole Moment

Jim Shaffer’s research group along with theorists Hossein Sadeghpour at ITAMP and Seth Rittenhouse at Western Washington University have created a new kind of molecule based on the interaction between a highly-excited Rydberg atom and a ground-state atom. A unique property of the molecule is the large permanent electric dipole moment, which reacts with an electric field much like a bar magnet reacts with a magnetic field. This molecule has the largest electric dipole moment ever observed in a molecule. A paper by the team on this research has been published…

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