Structure and spectroscopy of candidates for an electron electric dipole moment experiment

<p>The identification of suitable diatomic molecules as candidates for an electron electric dipole moment (eEDM) experiment is presented. A model is derived and developed in order to efficiently and accurately identify possible diatomic molecules. This model gives the magnitude of the effective electric field experienced by an electron at the site of one of the nuclei in the molecule. In particular, this thesis identifies several 3Δ molecules as viable candidates for the eEDM search. In addition, the relevant tools for doing precision spectroscopy on these molecules are developed. For molecular ions in rotating trapping fields, a description of geometric phases is presented that reduces to the common result in the adiabatic limit, but allows for a description of the effect of atomic and molecular structure on these phases.</p>
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University of Colorado Boulder
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