Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Photoassociation spectra for purely long-range (PLR) krypton molecules are both computed and measured. The photoassociation laser is tuned just red of the 5s[3/2]2-5p[5/2]2 transition at 810.6 nm, over a frequency range in which fourteen different PLR potential wells support hundreds of vibrational bound states. In the experiment, laser light is directed into a cloud of magneto-optically trapped 84Kr atoms, and the emission of both ultraviolet photons and ions is monitored. Peaks in these signals are observed for laser frequencies within 200 MHz of the atomic resonance. Ongoing work is aimed at improving the experimental signal and understanding the degree of agreement between empirical data and computed molecular spectra.
Smith, Z.; Banister, J.; Norman, R.; and Hoogeboom, K., "Photoassociation spectroscopy of purely long-range krypton molecules" (2009). University Faculty Publications. 346.