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3D Magneto-Optical Trap of Yttrium Monoxide

Title3D Magneto-Optical Trap of Yttrium Monoxide
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsCollopy, AL, Ding, S, Wu, Y, Finneran, IA, Anderegg, L, Augenbraun, BL, Doyle, JM, Ye, J
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Date Published2018-11
Keywordslaser cooling, molecule trapping

We report three-dimensional trapping of an oxide molecule (YO), using a radio-frequency magnetooptical trap (MOT). The total number of molecules trapped is ∼1.5 × 104, with a temperature of 4.1(5) mK. This diversifies the frontier of molecules that are laser coolable and paves the way for the second-stage narrow-line cooling in this molecule to the microkelvin regime. Futhermore, the new challenges of creating a 3D MOT of YO resolved here indicate that MOTs of more complex nonlinear molecules should be feasible as well.


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