High-resolution measurements and multichannel quantum defect analysis of the Kr(4p5(2P1/2)nd', J = 2, 3) autoionizing resonances

D. Klar, M. Aslam, M. A. Baig, K. Ueda, M. W. Ruff, H. Hotop

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Abstract

Using two-step laser excitation of metastable Kr(4p55s3P2,0) atoms via selected Kr(4p55p J = 1,2) levels, we have recorded the low-lying autoionizing resonances Kr(2P1/2 nd', J = 2, 3) (n = 6, 7) at high resolution in two different experiments (atomic beam spectroscopy and optogalvanic spectroscopy in a discharge). Accurate values for the resonance positions (quantum defects) and the (reduced) widths have been determined and profile indices are reported. For comparison, multichannel quantum defect theory (MQDT) analyses, using energy-dependent MQDT parameters, have been carried out for the odd Kr(J = 1, 2, 3) levels, yielding good agreement in the quantum defects and partial agreement in the predicted reduced widths for the nd' resonances with the experimental values. Moreover, simplified phase-shifted quantum defect theory analyses of the measured bound odd Kr(J = 2 and 3) Rydberg levels were carried out with the aim of providing improved insight into the dominant decay mechanism of the resonances. We also present a summary and comparative discussion of the reduced widths for the nd'[K]J resonances of all the rare-gas atoms Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1549-1568
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Apr 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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