Spectroscopy of buffer-gas cooled vanadium monoxide (VO) is performed in the presence of a magnetic trapping field and at low field. VO is created via laser ablation. A helium buffer gas, chilled by a dilution refrigerator, cools 1012 VO molecules to 1.8±0.2 K within 10 ms. The measured rotational temperature is 1.5±0.8 K. Spatially resolved Zeeman spectra allow the magnetic broadening terms of several optical transitions to be determined. The density of VO decays with a characteristic time of 60 ms, thus precluding the observation of trapping.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry