Optical Pumping of TeH+: Implications for the Search for Varying mp/me
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto-SP 14040-901, Brazil
Departamento de Química Fundamental, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo-SP 05508-000, Brazil
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Received: 11 July 2018 / Revised: 28 August 2018 / Accepted: 7 September 2018 / Published: 17 September 2018
Molecular overtone transitions provide optical frequency transitions sensitive to variation in the proton-to-electron mass ratio (
). However, robust molecular state preparation presents a challenge critical for achieving high precision. Here, we characterize infrared and optical-frequency broadband laser cooling schemes for TeH
, a species with multiple electronic transitions amenable to sustained laser control. Using rate equations to simulate laser cooling population dynamics, we estimate the fractional sensitivity to
attainable using TeH
. We find that laser cooling of TeH
can lead to significant improvements on current
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Stollenwerk, P.R.; Kokish, M.G.; de Oliveira-Filho, A.G.S.; Ornellas, F.R.; Odom, B.C. Optical Pumping of TeH+: Implications for the Search for Varying mp/me. Atoms 2018, 6, 53.
Stollenwerk PR, Kokish MG, de Oliveira-Filho AGS, Ornellas FR, Odom BC. Optical Pumping of TeH+: Implications for the Search for Varying mp/me. Atoms. 2018; 6(3):53.
Stollenwerk, Patrick R.; Kokish, Mark G.; de Oliveira-Filho, Antonio G.S.; Ornellas, Fernando R.; Odom, Brian C. 2018. "Optical Pumping of TeH+: Implications for the Search for Varying mp/me." Atoms 6, no. 3: 53.
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