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Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 45, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1955
  • pp: 344–349

New Xenon-Light Source for the Vacuum Ultraviolet

P. G. WILKINSON and YOSHIO TANAKA  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 45, Issue 5, pp. 344-349 (1955)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.45.000344


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Abstract

A new vacuum ultraviolet-light source is described which emits a strong continuous emission spectrum from 1500A to 2250A. This source is constructed of Pyrex, is charged with xenon, and carries a fluorite window which allows the tube to be completely sealed off from the vacuum system. Microwave energy at a frequency of 2450 mc/sec is used to excite the emission. Molecular xenon is presumably responsible for the continuum and the main transition is probably 3Σu+1Σg+ with some contribution from 1Σu+1Σg+. The source has been used to photograph the Schumann-Runge absorption bands of oxygen in the first order of a 21-foot vacuum grating spectrograph.

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P. G. WILKINSON and YOSHIO TANAKA, "New Xenon-Light Source for the Vacuum Ultraviolet," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 344-349 (1955)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-45-5-344

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