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Quantum-state-controlled reactions between molecular radicals and ions

TitleQuantum-state-controlled reactions between molecular radicals and ions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGreenberg, J, Schmid, PC, Miller, M, Stanton, JF, Lewandowski, HJ
JournalPhysical Review A
Date Published2018-09

hemical reactions between ions and molecular radicals are important in both terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments. However, due to the challenge of creating dense, pure samples of both species, very few studies have been performed in the laboratory. We present the first measurement of a state-controlled reaction between a radical and an ion, where the Ca+ cation and the NO radical molecule combine to form CaO+ and a nitrogen atom. The charge transfer between Ca+ and NO is simultaneously observed. We utilize a linear Paul ion trap coupled to a time-of-flight mass spectrometer to make direct, simultaneous measurements of multiple ionic product channels. We demonstrate control over the reaction rates by tuning of the excited-state population of the laser cooled 40Ca+. This control, coupled with a sensitive detection technique, enables precise measurement of the rate constants and branching ratios for this reaction.

Short TitlePhys. Rev. A

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