# HIGH RESOLUTION LASER SPECTROSCOPY OF NIOBIUM NITRIDE, THE ORANGE, YELLOW AND NEAR INFRARED BANDS

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 Title: HIGH RESOLUTION LASER SPECTROSCOPY OF NIOBIUM NITRIDE, THE ORANGE, YELLOW AND NEAR INFRARED BANDS Creators: Azuma, Y.; Barry, J. A.; Huang, G.; Schroder, J. O.; Merer, A. J. Issue Date: 1988 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: A hyperfine analysis of the sub-Doppler intermodulated fluorescence spectrum of gaseous nioblum nitride (NbN) from 5700 {\AA} to 6300 {\AA} has been completed. Two triplet systems, the $\delta \pi 3\Phi - \sigma \delta X^{3}\Delta$ in the orange region and the $\delta \pi ^{3}\Pi - \sigma \delta X^{3}\Delta$ in the yellow region have been studied. Both systems show very impressive hyperfine splittings due to the interaction between the $I=9/2$ nuclear spin of Nb and a metal centred unpaired electron. Severe perturbations occur in the energies of the spin-orbit components. It has been necessary to fit the ground state to a modified form of the case (a***) Hamiltonian where the isotropic hyperfine parameters in the matrix elements off-diagonal in $\Omega$ are treated as independent variables. The $^{3}\Pi$ state could only be fitted using a case (c) model. In addition, two new band systems near 8000 {\AA}, assigned as $\delta \pi {^{3}}\Pi - \delta^{2} {^{3}}\Sigma^{-}$ and $\delta \pi ^{3}\Pi - \sigma \delta {^{1}}\Delta$, have been discovered by state-selected wavelength-resolved fluorescence. Preliminary analyses have been completed. Even though all the triplet states known are in good case (a) coupling, it has been possible to obtain their spin-orbit intervals through the observation of extremely weak spin satellite branches recorded at low resolution by wavelength-resolved fluorescence. Description: Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, 2036 Main Mall, University of British Columbia; Institut f\""{u}r Molekulphysik, Freie Universit\""{a}t Berlin URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/17556 Other Identifiers: 1988-RB-8