Accession Number : AD1038093

Title :   Vibrational Spectroscopy of Laser Cooled CaH

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles United States

Personal Author(s) : Khanyile,Ncamiso

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Report Date : 28 Oct 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 156

Abstract : Cold molecules and molecular ions are leading to a renaissance in the field of molecular spectroscopy just as laser-cooled atoms resulted in a renaissance of atomic physics. Cold molecules enable the performance of spectroscopy with unprecedented precision. Spectroscopy with cold molecules is driven by many of its modern applications such as precision measurements, cold chemistry and quantum information. Molecular ions trapped in RF Paul traps and sympathetically-cooled with laser-cooled atomic ions have been shown to be a great platform to measure spectroscopic transitions lines at a precision beyond traditional methods, where high ion density is necessary but difficult to achieve with the classical preparations. In this thesis, we perform vibrational spectroscopy on the 0 = 10 = 0 and 0 = 9 = 0 overtone of a trapped and sympathetically-cooled 40CaH+ molecular ion using a resonance enhanced two-photon dissociation scheme. Our experiments are motivated by theoretical work that proposes comparing the vibrational overtones of 40CaH+ with electronic transitions in atoms to detect possible time variation of in the mass ratio of the proton-to-electron.

Descriptors :   CALCIUM HYDRIDES , light (electromagnetic radiation) , waveplates , laser applications , chemical reactions , quantum properties , laser diodes , acoustooptic modulators , quantum numbers , repetition rate , laser cooling , ultraviolet lasers , infrared lasers , measurement , energy levels , MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE