In an effort to develop a source of H3+that is almost entirely in a single quantum state (J=K=1), we have successfully generated a plasma that is enriched to ∼83% in para- H3+ at a rotational temperature of 80 K. This enrichment is a result of the nuclear spin selection rules at work in hydrogenic plasmas, which dictate that only para- H3+will form from para- H2, and that para- H3+ can be converted to ortho- H3+ by subsequent reaction with H2. This is the first experimental study in which the H2 and H 3+nuclear spin selection rules have been observed at cold temperatures. The ions were produced from a pulsed solenoid valve source, cooled by supersonic expansion, and interrogated via continuous-wave cavity ringdown spectroscopy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
|State||Published - 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry