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Title: Development and characterisation of a cold molecule source and ion trap for studying cold ion-molecule chemistry
Author: Steer, Edward
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 0081
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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A novel apparatus, combining buffer-gas cooling, electrostatic velocity selection and ion trapping, has been constructed and characterised. This apparatus is designed to investigate cold ion-molecule chemistry in the laboratory, at a variable translational and internal (rotational) temperature. This improves on previous experiments with translationally cold but rotationally hot molecule sources. The ability to vary the rotational temperature of cold molecules will allow for the experimental investigation of post-Langevin capture theories.
Supervisor: Vallance, Claire ; Heazlewood, Brianna Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Chemistry ; Physical and theoretical ; Physics ; Atomic ; Low-temperature physics ; Molecular beams ; Cold chemistry ; Reaction dynamics ; Laser cooling ; Ammonia ; Ion trapping