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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 6 — Dec. 1, 1977
  • pp: 214–216

Rotational-vibrational transition moments in excited states of spherical-top molecules

Kenneth Fox  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 1, Issue 6, pp. 214-216 (1977)

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Selection rules and electric-dipole transition moments between rotational substates in excited vibrational states of spherical-top molecules have been derived. The explicit dependence of these moments on rotational and vibrational quantum numbers has been calculated. These results, which are generally applicable, have been used to analyze the concept of a multiple-photon pathway in the 3 “ladder” of SF6. It will be shown that some ladder schemes must have “rung gaps” in their sequence of proposed strongly allowed electric-dipole transitions.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 1, 1977
Published: December 1, 1977

Kenneth Fox, "Rotational-vibrational transition moments in excited states of spherical-top molecules," Opt. Lett. 1, 214-216 (1977)

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  1. For a recent review, see C. K. Rhodes, C. D. Cantrell, in The Significance of Nonlinearity in the Natural Sciences, A. Perlmutter, B. Kursunoglu, L. F. Scott, eds. (Plenum, New York, 1977).
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  17. That this subcase might have simple selection rules had been suggested in a private communication from P. F. Moulton, by analogy with known results6 for case (i). However, the extreme simplicity deduced here from Eqs. (13) and the selection rules had not been anticipated.
  18. K. Fox, Opt. Commun. 19, 397 (1976). In that work, Eq. (9) should have an additional factor of (T0/T) on the right-hand side, and the exponent in Eq. (11) should be 3/2 instead of ½. (I am grateful to C. D. Cantrell and R. S. McDowell, who arrived at the modifications independently, for bringing these points to my attention.) As a consequence, the values in the third column of Table 1 should be multiplied by a factor of (T/T0) ≈ 1.09. [CrossRef]
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  21. J. P. Aldridge, H. Filip, H. Flicker, R. F. Holland, R. S. McDowell, N. G. Nereson, K. Fox, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 58, 165 (1975). [CrossRef]

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