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  • Vol. 60, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1970
  • pp: 894–897

Line Strengths and Transition Probabilities for the 2p53p-2p53s Transitions in Ne I

D. R. SHOFFSTALL and D. G. ELLIS  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 60, Issue 7, pp. 894-897 (1970)

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A theoretical and experimental investigation has been made of the 2p53p-2p53s transition array in Ne I. Relative line strengths were experimentally measured, using electron-beam excitation of low-pressure neon gas and a single-photon counter, with an accuracy of better than 6%. Relative line strengths were also calculated in various coupling schemes and compared to experimental values. No choices of pure coupling schemes reproduced the experimental data. A recently modified intermediate-coupling calculation by Mehlhorn gives results in good agreement with our experimental values. By normalizing the measured relative line strengths to the experimental lifetimes of Bennett and Kindlmann, absolute A values were obtained which are believed to have an accuracy of better than 10%. The radial factor of the spontaneous dipole transition matrix was determined from the absolute A values and relative line strengths. This radial factor was found to be within 7% of the calculated radial factor using the Coulomb approximation.

D. R. SHOFFSTALL and D. G. ELLIS, "Line Strengths and Transition Probabilities for the 2p53p-2p53s Transitions in Ne I," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 60, 894-897 (1970)

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