Traveling-wave deceleration of SrF molecules

J.E. van den Berg, Sreekanth Chirayath Mathavan, C. Meinema, Janko Nauta, T. H. Nijbroek, K. Jungmann, H. L. Bethlem, S. Hoekstra*

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Abstract

We report on the production, deceleration and detection of a SrF molecular beam. The molecules are captured from a supersonic expansion and are decelerated in the X-2 Sigma(+) (v = 0, N = 1) state. We demonstrate the removal of up to 40% of the kinetic energy with a 2 m long modular traveling-wave decelerator. Our results demonstrate a crucial step towards the preparation of ultracold gases of heavy diatomic molecules for precision spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-25
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Molecular Spectroscopy
Volume300
Early online date28-Feb-2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2014

Keywords

  • Strontium Fluoride (SrF)
  • Stark deceleration
  • Cold molecules
  • Parity violation
  • POLAR-MOLECULES
  • MANIPULATION
  • COLLISIONS
  • ELECTRON
  • VELOCITY
  • RADICALS
  • BEAMS

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