The article "Rydberg Atom-Enabled Spectroscopy of Polar Molecules via Förster Resonance Energy Transfer" is published by the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.
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Sabrina Patsch, Martin Zeppenfeld, Christiane P. Koch.
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 13, 10728 (2022).
Non-radiative energy transfer between a Rydberg atom and a polar molecule can be controlled by a DC electric field. Here we show how to exploit this control for state-resolved, non-destructive detection and spectroscopy of the molecules where the lineshape reflects the type of molecular transition. Using the example of ammonia, we identify the conditions for collision-mediated spectroscopy in terms of the required electric field strengths, relative velocities, and molecular densities. Rydberg atom-enabled spectroscopy is feasible with current experimental technology, providing a versatile detection method as basic building block for applications of polar molecules in quantum technologies and chemical reaction studies.