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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2702–2708

Laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of the even-parity Rydberg states of atomic mercury

M. A. Zia and M. A. Baig  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 12, pp. 2702-2708 (2005)

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We present new experimental data on the highly excited levels in mercury using the optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a dc discharge cell. The collisionally populated 6 s 6 p P 2 3 metastable level has been used as an intermediate level to access the Rydberg states using a frequency-doubled dye laser covering the wavelength region between 370 and 249 nm. The optogalvanic data reveal 6 s n s S 1 3 ( 13 n 50 ) , 6 s n d D 2 1 ( 6 n 18 ) , 6 s n p D 1 3 ( 6 n 14 ) , 6 s n d D 2 3 ( 6 n 15 ) , and 6 s n d D 3 3 ( 6 n 59 ) Rydberg series. The 6 s n s S 1 3 and 6 s n d D 3 3 Rydberg series to such a high n value have been reported for the first time. In addition, collisionally induced parity-forbidden transitions 6 s n p P 1 3 ( 44 n 50 ) have been detected.

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(300.6360) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser
(300.6440) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, optogalvanic

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M. A. Zia and M. A. Baig, "Laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of the even-parity Rydberg states of atomic mercury," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 2702-2708 (2005)

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