Interatomic potential of the HgNe van der Waals complex in the E( 3Σ+) Rydberg state

Misaki Okunishi, Kaoru Yamanouchi, Ken Onda, Soji Tsuchiya

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The lowest Rydberg state E(3Σ+) of the HgNe van der Waals complex has been investigated by optical-optical double resonance (OODR) spectroscopy using two intermediate electronic states of A 3O+ and B31. The E-B band exhibits an oscillatory free-bound continuum, which reflects a Franck-Condon projection of the wave function of the B state onto the repulsive part of the E state potential. In the E-A band, two relatively sharp peaks are observed together with a free-bound continuum showing an asymmetric interference structure. The observed intensity patterns of the E-B and E-A bands are interpreted by a potential barrier characteristic of the E state potential, which traps two quasibound vibrational states in the inner well. Based on (i) the observed Franck-Condon pattern of the free-bound transitions; (ii) the transition's wave number of the bound-bound transitions in the E-A band; and (iii) the rotational constants of the quasibound (v=0 and v=1) levels in the E state, the interatomic potential of the E state is derived by a numerical simulation. The height of the potential barrier measured from the dissociation limit of Hg (7 3S1)+Ne is determined to be 153 cm-1 and the interatomic distance at the top of the barrier to be located at 3.9(1) Å.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2675-2681
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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