Rydberg states of the Kr2 molecule

D. J. Kane, C. C. Abele, R. D. Fraser, D. C. Shannon, J. G. Eden, M. L. Ginter

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Spectra attributed to transitions from the 5sσ α 3Σu+ metastable state of Kr2 to excited Rydberg states have been observed by intracavity and multipass absorption and by laser excitation spectroscopy. Four distinct Rydberg series converging on the X 2Σu+ core of Kr 2+ have been identified. Rotational structure is not resolved in any of the observed spectra. Most of the spectra can be assigned to vibronic transitions in the nfλ(3Σg, 3Σg+) and npλ(3Σ g,3Σg+)←a 3Σu+ series by analogy with similar spectra in the lighter rare gas dimers. The 6pπ 3IIΠ g←a 3Σu+ and 8pσ 3Σg+ ←a 3Σu + transitions observed in the ∼19 200 - 18 200 cm-1 region exhibit many bands with v′≠0 in their (v′-v″) vibrational band system developments. The higher n value members of these and other observed series are dominated by (0 - 0) transitions. All series are perturbed in a few energy regions by states built on the excited ion core states A 2Π3/2g and B 2Π3/2u. Laser excitation spectra for the 8pσ 3Σg+ ←a transition obtained by monitoring various 5p→5s emission lines of atomic krypton suggest that the 8pσ 3Σg + Rydberg state of Kr2 is predissociated by a repulsive potential correlated with Kr 5p[3/2]1+Kr(1S0). The lowest ionization limit of Kr2 (relative to a 3Σu+,v=0) was determined to be 28 484±5 cm-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-112
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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    Kane, D. J., Abele, C. C., Fraser, R. D., Shannon, D. C., Eden, J. G., & Ginter, M. L. (1993). Rydberg states of the Kr2 molecule. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 99(1), 99-112. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.465709