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Title:Laser Cooling The Diatomic Molecule Cah
Author(s):Velasquez, III, Joe
Contributor(s):Di Rosa, Michael
Abstract:To laser-cool a species, a closed (or nearly closed) cycle is required to dissipate translational energy through many directed laser-photon absorption and subsequent randomly-directed spontaneous emission events. Many atoms lend themselves to such a closed-loop cooling cycle. Attaining laser-cooled molecular species is challenging because of their inherently complex internal structure, yet laser-cooling molecules could lead to studies in interesting chemical dynamics among other applications. Typically, laser-cooled atoms are assembled into molecules through photoassociation or Feschbach resonance. CaH is one of a few molecules whose internal structure is quite atom-like, allowing a nearly closed cycle without the need for many repumping lasers. We will also present our work-to-date on laser cooling this molecule. We employ traditional pulsed atomic/molecular beam techniques with a laser vaporization source to generate species with well-defined translational energies over a narrow range of velocity. In this way, we can apply laser-cooling to most species in the beam along a single dimension (the beam’s axis). This project is funded by the LDRD program of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Issue Date:2014-06-19
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Citation Info:Velasquez, I.; Di Rosa, M. LASER COOLING THE DIATOMIC MOLECULE CaH. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Urbana, IL, June 16-21, 2014. DOI: 10.15278/isms.2014.RH07
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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