- I. Introduction
- II. Cooling and Control of Ions in the Gas Phase
- III. Control of Neutral Molecules in the Gas Phase
- IV. Ion–Molecule Reaction Dynamics: A Brief Outline
- V. Applications and Examples
- VI. Conclusions and Outlook
Over the past years, the development of experimental methods for the manipulation of atoms and molecules in the gas phase has made impressive progress. The starting point for these developments was the advent of laser cooling of atoms in the 1970s and 1980s which paved the way for the preparation of trapped ensembles of ultracold atoms and atomic ions . These experimental breakthroughs initiated many exciting applications and new research directions in atomic physics, quantum science, and precision measurements [2–4].
Inspired by the successes with atoms, a variety of ...