We perform ab initio calculations relevant to predict the cross-section of an experimentally accessible (1+1′) resonance-enhanced multiphoton dissociation (REMPD) pathway in AlH+. Experimenting on AlH+ ions held in a radiofrequency trap, we confirm dissociation via this channel with analysis performed using time-of-flight mass spectrometry, demonstrate the use of REMPD for rotational state analysis, and measure the rotational distribution of trapped AlH+ to be consistent with the expected thermal distribution. AlH+ is a particularly interesting species because its electronic level structure is compatible with proposals to perform rotational optical pumping, direct Doppler cooling, and single-molecule fluorescence detection. Potential applications of trapped AlH+ include searches for time-varying constants, quantum information processing, and ultracold chemistry studies.
- Aluminum monohydride
- Ion trap
- Molecular ion
- Multiphoton dissociation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry