The Willitsch Group - Cold and Controlled Molecules and Ions

Welcome to the Cold and Controlled Molecules and Ions group at the University of Basel led by Prof. Stefan Willitsch. Our research is concerned with the preparation and control of cold molecules and molecular ions and their applications in both chemistry and physics. On this website, you can find information about our group, our research, our teaching and opportunities to join us.

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Ardita et al.’s latest article on conformationally controlled Diels-Alder reactions has appeared as a highlighted article in Nature Communications.

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Teaching

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PhD and postdoc positions in molecular-ion quantum technologies and precision spectroscopy

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Recent publications

P. Stranák, L. Ploenes, S. Hofsäss, K. Dulitz, F. Stienkemeier and S. Willitsch,
"Development and characterization of high-repetition-rate sources for supersonic beams of fluorine radicals"
Rev. Sci. Instr. 92 (2021), 103203 (arXiv:2108.05952)

A. Kilaj, J. Wang, P. Straňák, M. Schwilk, U. Rivero, L. Xu, O. A v. Lilienfeld, J. Küpper, and S. Willitsch,
”Conformer-specific polar cycloaddition of dibromobutadiene with trapped propene ions”
 Nat. Commun. 12 (2021), 6047 (arXiv:2107.13858)

T. Damjanovic, S. Willitsch, N. Vanhaecke, H. Haak, G. Meijer, J. Cromieres, D. Zhang,
"A New Design for a Traveling-Wave Zeeman Decelerator: I. Theory
New. J. Phys, accepted in New. J. Phys. (arXiv:2108.02568)

T. Damjanovic, S. Willitsch, N. Vanhaecke, H. Haak, G. Meijer, J. Cromieres, D. Zhang,
"A New Design for a Traveling-Wave Zeeman Decelerator: II. Experiment
New J. Phys., accepted in New J. Phys. (arXiv:2108.02593)

L. Ploenes, P. Straňák, H. Gao, J. Küpper and S. Willitsch,
”A novel crossed-molecular-beam experiment for investigating reactions of state- and conformationally selected strong-field-seeking molecules”
Mol. Phys. 119 (2021), e1965234 (arxiv: 2105.06427)

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