One-dimensional magneto-optical compression of a cold CaF molecular beam

Abstract

We demonstrate the one-dimensional, transverse magneto-optical compression of a cold beam of calcium monofluoride (CaF). By continually alternating the magnetic field direction and laser polarizations of the magneto-optical trap (RF MOT), a photon scattering rate of x 0.4 MHz is achieved. A 3D model for this RF MOT, validated by agreement with data, predicts a 3D RF MOT capture velocity for CaF of 5 m s$^{–1}$.

Journal
New Journal of Physics 19, 033035 (2017)