Abstract

We report photoassociative spectroscopy performed separately on Kr84 and Ar40. The spectra were obtained as a function of laser intensity with the spectroscopy laser tuned around the ns[3/2]2np[5/2]3 trapping transition, where n=4 for argon and n=5 for krypton. The resulting spectra are the first ever obtained for krypton on this important transition. This transition in argon was previously studied in our group. At that time, discrete features were observed in the spectrum, but their origin was not conclusively identified. We have now identified these features as artifacts from laser sidebands. We discuss the origin of these sidebands, how they imprint their presence on the spectra, and present spectra for argon with the artifacts removed. For both krypton and argon, while we observe photoassociation, we do not observe any resolved vibrational structure. We present a theoretical analysis of the expected vibrational level spacings based on calculated potential curves and show that the absence of resolved structure in the spectra of our experiments (as configured) is not surprising. Finally, we discuss the requirements of future experiments in which resolution of vibrational structure in this system might be obtained.

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