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Title:A Novel Method To Measure Spectra Of Cold Molecular Ions
Author(s):Campbell, Ewen
Contributor(s):Maier, John P.; Gerlich, Dieter; Banerjee, Agniva; Holz, Mathias; Chakrabarty, Satrajit
Abstract:A universal method has been developed in our group for measuring the spectra of molecular ions in a 22-pole radio frequency trap at low temperatures. It is based on laser induced inhibition of complex growth (LIICG)$^{1}$. At low temperatures and high number densities of buffer gas, helium attaches to ions \textit{via} ternary association. The formation of these weakly bound complexes, however, is inhibited following resonant absorption of the bare molecular ion. \newline \newline The first successful measurements have been demonstrated on the $A\,^{2}\Pi_u\,\leftarrow\,X\,^2\Sigma_g^+$ electronic transition of N$_2^+$, with some thousand N$_2^+$ ions, helium densities of $10^{15}\,$cm$^{-3}$, and storage times of $1\,$s. The reduction in the number of N$_2^{+}-$He complexes is the result of an interplay between excitation, radiative and collisional cooling, ternary association, and collision induced dissociation, and is explained using a kinetic model. \newline \newline The method is also applicable to larger molecular species. In this case internal conversion following electronic excitation produces internally "hot" ions, reducing the attachment of helium. The technique is universal because complex formation can be impeded over a wide wavelength range. \newline \newline [1] S. Chakrbarty, M. Holz, E. K. Campbell, A. Banerjee, D. Gerlich, and J. P. Maier, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 4051.
Issue Date:2014-06-19
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Citation Info:Campbell, E.; Maier, J.P.; Gerlich, D.; Banerjee, A.; Holz, M.; Chakrabarty, S. A NOVEL METHOD TO MEASURE SPECTRA OF COLD MOLECULAR IONS. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Urbana, IL, June 16-21, 2014. DOI: 10.15278/isms.2014.RH01
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 by the authors. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-17

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