Enhanced sensitivity to the time variation of the fine-structure constant and m(p)/m(e) in diatomic molecules: A closer examination of silicon monobromide

K. Beloy*, A. Borschevsky, P. Schwerdtfeger, V. V. Flambaum

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Recently it was pointed out that transition frequencies in certain diatomic molecules have an enhanced sensitivity to variations in the fine-structure constant alpha and the proton-to-electron mass ratio m(p)/m(e) due to a near cancellation between the fine structure and vibrational interval in a ground electronic multiplet [V. V. Flambaum and M. G. Kozlov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 150801 (2007)]. One such molecule possessing this favorable quality is silicon monobromide. Here we take a closer examination of SiBr as a candidate for detecting variations in alpha and m(p)/m(e). We analyze the rovibronic spectrum by employing the most accurate experimental data available in the literature and perform ab initio calculations to determine the precise dependence of the spectrum on variations in alpha. Furthermore, we calculate the natural linewidths of the rovibronic levels, which place a fundamental limit on the accuracy to which variations may be determined.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022106
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11-Aug-2010
Externally publishedYes



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