Production of a single spin-rotational state [(J,M)=(2,2)] selected molecular oxygen (3Σg-) beam by a hexapole magnet

Kurahashi, Mitsunori; Yamauchi, Yasushi
August 2009
Review of Scientific Instruments;Aug2009, Vol. 80 Issue 8, p083103
Academic Journal
A state-selected O2(3Σg-) molecular beam, in which nearly 100% of the molecules are in the spin-rotational state of (J,M)=(2,2), has been produced by combining a supersonic seeded O2 beam with a hexapole magnet. The (2,-2) beam has also been obtained by the state inversion of the (2,2) beam through the nonadiabatic passage in a reversing longitudinal magnetic field along the beam axis. The intensities of the other (2,M) states, which appear when applying additional transverse magnetic fields to the reversing field region, were well reproduced by the Majorana’s formula for J=2. The (2,±2) beam, for which we can determine the spin and rotational angular momenta of O2 almost independently, is the most promising probe for studying the spin effects as well as the steric effects in O2 molecular scattering.


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