Laser investigation of decay dynamics in superexcited Rydberg states of NO

Asuka Fujii, Norio Morita

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Abstract

Superexcited Rydberg states (n = 7-45, l = s, p, and f, v = 0, 1) of NO have been state-selectively produced with a two-color double resonance excitation method, and fragment atoms produced by predissociation and NO+ ions generated by autoionization have been directly detected by a resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization technique. As a result, not only N(2D)-generating predissociation predicted by previous studies has been confirmed, but unexpected generation of N(4S) has also been observed. Competition between vibrational autoionization and predissociation shows strong dependence on the orbital angular momentum and principal quantum number. Striking rotational state dependence of the decay dynamics in the superexcited 7f state (v = 1) has been found. Through detailed analysis, it has been shown that the decay dynamics of the 7f state (v = 1) is governed by predissociation processes due to direct coupling with Σ+ valence states. Furthermore, studying the competition between rotational autoionization and predissociation, it has also been demonstrated that the decay dynamics of the rotational superexcited states are predominantly governed by predissociation, not by rotational autoionization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Pages184-195
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0819410853
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume1858
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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