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THE $\tilde{B}{1/2} (^{2}\Sigma^{+}) - \tilde{X}^{2}\Sigma^{+}$ ELECTRONIC TRANSITIONS OF LaNH AND LaND

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Title: THE $\tilde{B}{1/2} (^{2}\Sigma^{+}) - \tilde{X}^{2}\Sigma^{+}$ ELECTRONIC TRANSITIONS OF LaNH AND LaND
Creators: Clouthier, Dennis J.; Merer, A. J.; Rixon, Scott J.; Varberg, Thomas D.
Issue Date: 2001
Abstract: New high resolution spectra of the $\tilde{B}1/2 (^{2}\Sigma^{+}) - \tilde{X}^{2}\Sigma^{+}$ transitions of LaNH and LaND, near $16000 cm^{-1}$, have been obtained under jet-cooled conditions, following the reaction of laser-ablated lanthanum metal with $NH_{3}$ and $ND_{3}$. Rotational analyses have given the ground state structure as $r_{0}(La-N) = 1.932072(11) \AA; r_{0}(N-H) = 1.01357(31) \AA$. Strong vibronic and spin-orbit coupling is found to occur between the $\tilde{B}$ state and the $\tilde{A}^{2}\Pi$ state near $12600 cm^{-1}$. This causes various interesting effects: the hyperfine line strengths in the $\tilde{B} - \tilde{X}$ transition are unusual, showing that, though it is nominally $^{2}\Sigma - ^{2}\Sigma$, both parallel and perpendicular transition moments are present; also the bending frequency of the $\tilde{B}$ state is raised by $150 cm^{-1}$ compared to the ground state, while its vibrational structure shows large l-dependent ``spin-vibration'' splittings which can be represented by $A_{sv} l$, where $A_{sv} \simeq -14 cm^{-1}$.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/20010
Other Identifiers: 2001-FC-06
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