VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY OF SYMPATHETICALLY COOLED CaH$^+$ MOLECULAR IONS
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Publisher:Ohio State University
The search for time variation in the fundamental constants of nature such as the fine structure constant($\alpha$) and the proton/electron mass ratio($\mu$), is an area of active research.Comparing the vibrational overtones of CaH$^+$ with electronic transitions in atoms has been proposed as a means to detect possible time variation of $\mu$ . Before these precision measurements can be realized, the survey spectroscopy needs to be performed. We describe our experiments using a Coulomb crystal of sympathetically cooled CaH$^+$ and laser-cooled Ca$^+$ ions to measure the vibrational overtones by resonance-enhanced multiphoton photo-dissociation (REMPD) in a linear Paul trap. The dissociation of CaH$^+$ is detected by observing the change in the crystal composition by monitoring the Ca$^+$ fluorescence. Future single ion experiments for the precision measurement are also discussed.
Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332
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