Low- J Transitions in A 2 Π ( 0 , 0 , 0 ) - X 2 ς + ( 0 , 0 , 0 ) Band of Buffer-gas-cooled CaOH

Yuiki Takahashi, Masaaki Baba, Katsunari Enomoto, Ayami Hiramoto, Kana Iwakuni, Susumu Kuma, Reo Tobaru, Yuki Miyamoto

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Calcium monohydroxide radical (CaOH) is receiving an increasing amount of attention from the astrophysics community as it is expected to be present in the atmospheres of hot rocky super-Earth exoplanets as well as interstellar and circumstellar environments. Here, we report the high-resolution laboratory absorption spectroscopy on low-J transitions in A 2Π(0,0,0)-X 2ς+(0,0,0) band of buffer-gas-cooled CaOH. In total, 40 transitions out of the low-J states were assigned, including 27 transitions that have not been reported in previous literature. The determined rotational constants for both ground and excited states are in excellent agreement with previous literature, and the measurement uncertainty for the absolute transition frequencies was improved by more than a factor of 3. This will aid future interstellar, circumstellar, and atmospheric identifications of CaOH. The buffer-gas-cooling method employed here is a particularly powerful method to probe low-J transitions and is easily applicable to other astrophysical molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Article number97
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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