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N2(a‘ 1Σg+) metastable collisional destruction and rotational excitation transfer by N2

Wedding, A.B., Borysow, J. and Phelps, A.V. (1993) N2(a‘ 1Σg+) metastable collisional destruction and rotational excitation transfer by N2. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 98 (8). pp. 6227-6234.

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Quenching and rotational coupling rate coefficients have been measured for the J=4–10, v=0 levels of the a″ 1Σg+ metastable state of N2 in collisions with ground state N2. Laser absorption is used to monitor the population of rotational levels of the a″ 1Σg+ state following depletion of the population of one or more levels by optical pumping to other states. The observed time dependence of the recovery of population of the perturbed level and the collision induced growth and decay of the populations of adjacent levels are interpreted in terms of quenching to other electronic levels and excitation exchange among adjacent rotational levels. For the J=6, v=0 level of the a″ 1Σg+ state the rate coefficients extrapolated to zero discharge current at 300 K are 2.3±0.1×10−16 m3/s for electronic quenching and 1.1±0.6×10−16 m3/s for excitation transfer to the J=4 and J=8 levels in collisions with N2. Very similar rate coefficients were obtained for the J=4, 7, and 8 levels.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Copyright: © 1993 American Institute of Physics
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