Spontaneous Emission Lifetime of the C →A Band of the XeF Molecule

R. W. Waynant, J. G. Eden

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The radiative lifetime of the blue C → A transition of XeF has been measured to be 93 ± 5 ns by monitoring the exponentially decaying 460 nm emission following rapid electron impact dissociation of XeF2. By varying the XeF2 partial pressure, the rate constant for quenching of XeF (C) by XeF2 was determined to be (1.8 ± 0.5) 10–10 cm3. s-1. Finally, knowledge of the XeF B and C state lifetimes yields a revised value of 610 ± 60 cm-1 for the B to C state energy defect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-63
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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