Laser Cooling and Trapping of Diatomic Molecules
[Technical Report, Final Report]
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This is the final report for our DURIP grant entitled Apparatus for Laser Slowing and Cooling of Molecules. We have successfully acquired and assembled all parts for a new cryogenic molecular beam source, and recently used the source for preliminary work on laser cooling of a new molecular species, TlF. We have also successfully acquired and assembled the parts for a custom laser system, which produces long 200 microsecond, single-frequency pulses with energy 1.1 Joules at 1064 nm andor 0.4 Joules at 532 nm. We have acquired all parts for producing tunable laser pulses based on optical parametric amplification of an external cavity diode laser with this system, and assembled all but the final, yet-to-be-tested stage.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
- Lasers and Masers