Cryogenic buffer-gas loading and magnetic trapping of CrH and MnH molecules

Michael Stoll, Joost M. Bakker, Timothy Steimle, Gerard Meijer, Achim Peters

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We report on the buffer-gas cooling and trapping of CrH and MnH molecules in a magnetic quadrupole trap with densities on the order of 106 cm-3 at a temperature of 650 mK. Storage times of up to 180 ms have been observed, corresponding to a 20-fold lifetime enhancement with respect to the field-free diffusion through the He3 buffer-gas. Using Monte Carlo trajectory simulations, inelastic molecule- He3 collision cross sections of 1.6× 10-18 and 3.1× 10-17 cm2 are extracted for CrH and MnH, respectively. Furthermore, elastic molecule- He3 collision cross sections of 1.4 (±0.5) × 10-14 cm2 are determined for both species. We conclude that the confinement time of these molecules in a magnetic trapping field is limited by inelastic collisions with the helium atoms leading to Zeeman relaxation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032707
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 17 2008


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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