# COOLING MOLECULES WITH LASER LIGHT

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 dc.creator Di Rosa, M. D. en_US dc.creator Sander, Robert K. en_US dc.creator Buelow, Steven J. en_US dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-11T21:43:37Z dc.date.available 2008-01-11T21:43:37Z dc.date.issued 2005 en_US dc.identifier 2005-RB-11 en_US dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/30399 dc.description {M.D. Di Rosa, \textit{Eur. Phys. J. D{Funding from the Los Alamos National Laboratory LDRD Program is gratefully acknowledged. en_US dc.description Author Institution: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 en_US dc.description.abstract Cooling certain molecules with laser light seems possible by techniques little different from those commonly used to cool certain atoms. As with atoms, the needed radiation pressure stems from the molecule's continual resonant scattering of light at rates of \texttt{>}10$^{7}${\nobreakspace}photons/s, giving rise to deceleration rates exceeding 10$^{5}$g. Ten molecules have been identified to date that meet criteria for confinement within a so-called closed-loop cooling cycle} \textbf{31}, 395 (2004).}. Among them are the alkaline-earth monohydrides, the \textit{A}\ensuremath{-}\textit{X} bands of which possess favorable properties for Doppler-cooling, including a (nearly) diagonal Franck-Condon array and good spectral isolation of the transitions that form the cooling cycle. We will show how a beam of such molecules can be laser cooled, and report the status of our experiments for the particular case of \chem{CaH}.} en_US dc.language.iso English en_US dc.publisher Ohio State University en_US dc.title COOLING MOLECULES WITH LASER LIGHT en_US dc.type article en_US