The 1+1 REMPI spectrum of SiO in the 210–220 nm range was recorded. Observed bands were mostly assigned to the vibrational bands v″=0-3,v′=5-10 of the A-X electronic transition. Additionally, a band near 216–217 nm was tentatively assigned as a 2-photon transition from X to the n=12,13 [X2Σ+,v+=1] Rydberg states. Based on observed lines we estimated the IP of SiO to be 11.594(5) eV. The SiO+ cation has previously been identified as having a cycling transition useful for state control by optical pumping. Our work allowed us to identify an efficient method for loading an ion trap with rotationally and vibrationally cold SiO+ from an ablated sample of SiO by photoionizing through the (5,0) A-X band at 213.977 nm.
- Cold molecules
- Ion traps
- Ionization potential
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry