The highly rotationally excited states in the A2Σ+-X2ΠΩ band of NO were investigated by laser-induced fluorescence and multi-photon ionization spectroscopy. The rotational states with J up to 80.5 were prepared by CH3ONO photodissociation in the S1 and S2 excited states for spectroscopic measurements. In total, 3890 lines of nine vibronic bands were analyzed. The observed line positions deviated from the values calculated using the previous molecular constants as J increased in the J > 50.5 region. The sextet-order centrifugal distortion constants were determined for the A2Σ+and X2ΠΩ states so that the transition frequencies associated with the high-J states could reproduce the observed results within the experimental accuracy. The band origin values, whose errors have been discussed in previous studies, were refined in the present analysis. The experimental condition to suppress the rotational relaxation of the high-J states was examined, enabling us to determine the higher-order centrifugal distortion constants.
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