Reinvestigation of the Rb2 (2) 3Πg- a3∑u + band on helium nanodroplets

G. Auböck, M. Aymar, O. Dulieu, W. E. Ernst

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It is well known that alkali-metal molecules are preferentially observed in the weak van der Waals-bound high spin states by helium droplet isolation spectroscopy. In [F. R. Brühl, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 10275 (2001)] the Rb2 (2) 3Πg-a3u + band on He droplets was investigated by laser-induced fluorescence and dispersed emission spectroscopy. At that time no information on the magnitude of spin-orbit coupling was available for the (2) 3Πg state which connects to the atomic 5s+4d asymptote and it was neglected. In this work we reinvestigate the observed spectra. The dispersed emission spectra, which resulted from free molecules, are consistent with state-of-the-art nonrelativistic potential energy surfaces and effective spin-orbit coupling matrix elements obtained from resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization spectroscopy of cold Rb dimers [J. Lozeille, Eur. Phys. J. D 39, 261 (2006)]. Having validated the theoretical description of the free molecule state, we use the laser-induced fluorescence spectrum to discuss the influence of the He droplet on the excitation band.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054304
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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