Preferential energy transfer from N2(A) to specific energy levels of Cu atoms

I. Nadler, S. Rosenwaks

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Emission spectra resulting from reaction of "clean" N2(A3 Σu+) with copper atoms were studied using a flowing afterglow apparatus. The population distribution of the Cu states was calculated from the spectrum; it indicates that Cu atoms are excited by nearly resonant energy transfer processes. N2(A,v') + Cu(2S 1 2) → N2(X, v) + Cu*, and that the transfer is most efficient for N2(A,v') → N2(X,v) transitions with large Franck-Condon factors. The preferential energy transfer results in population inversion between some of the Cu states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-269
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Jan 1980


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