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 Title: Photoassociative excitation spectroscopy of excimer molecules Author(s): Jones, Ronald Blake Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Eden, James G. Department / Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering Discipline: Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Degree: Ph.D. Genre: Dissertation Subject(s): Physics, Molecular Abstract: Laser excitation spectroscopy of transitions having dissociative ground states was explored as a tool for the study of excimer molecules. Since the repulsive nature of the ground state constrains collision pairs to large internuclear transitions, bound $\gets$ free excitation spectra contain more structure than the bound $\to$ free fluorescence spectra for the same molecules, therefore containing more information about the potential surfaces. Unique properties of the photoassociative excitation spectroscopy technique are described which allow the dependence of the dipole transition moment on the internuclear separation ($\mu$(R)) to be extracted in a very direct manner.Excitation spectra are presented for the B $\gets$ X transitions of KrF and XeI for the wavelength ($\lambda$) interval 206 nm $<$ $\lambda$ $<$ 255 nm. The excitation spectra are analyzed using an iterative trial and error comparison with calculated spectra. The effect of the rotational potential is examined. Potential surfaces and the $\mu$(R) results are given for both molecules.The possible use of the technique is then discussed for excimer molecules having predissociative upper states. Some preliminary results for KrI are given. This work required the development of a tunable VUV source, which is described. Issue Date: 1992 Type: Text Language: English URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/23368 Rights Information: Copyright 1992 Jones, Ronald Blake Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07 Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9236493 OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9236493
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