Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Heather Lewandowski


Cryogenic buffer gas beams are a useful source of cold molecules to be used in cold chemical experiments. The goal of this experiment is to create a functional buffer gas beam that can be adapted to source a variety of molecules. The apparatus is explained. Carbon clusters are useful initial molecules to study while the beam is in its preliminary phases. This thesis includes a literature review on previous experiments involving carbon clusters in order to gather the necessary information to identify spectral peaks and create a comparison benchmark for the products of our buffer gas beam.