Coupling of the green (506-nm) and ultraviolet (342-nm) emission bands of i2

K. P. Killeen, J. G. Eden

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Collisional coupling between the electronic excited states of I2 that are responsible for the green and ultraviolet (D' → A') bands of the molecule (centered at 506 and 342 nm, respectively) has been studied in electron-beam-pumped mixtures of argon and hydrogen iodide (HI). The dependence of the temporal decay of the green and UV fluorescence waveforms on the buffer-gas pressure demonstrates that the two bands do not originate from a common upper state. The interdependence of the two bands, however, is clear from the disappearance of gain at 506 nm, when an optical cavity having a high Q at 342 nm is installed around the excited medium (Iuv ˜ 30 MW cm-2). Also, the peak intensity of the UV band is suppressed by more than 40% when a green dye-laser pulse (λ= 503 nm, I ≥ 5 MW cm-2) is directed along the axis of the active medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-432
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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