TITLE

Observation of excimer luminescence from electron-excited liquid xenon

AUTHOR(S)
Schu¨ssler, A. S.; Burghorn, J.; Wyder, P.; Lembrikov, B. I.; Baptist, R.
PUB. DATE
October 2000
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;10/30/2000, Vol. 77 Issue 18
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This letter presents an experimental study of vacuum-ultraviolet luminescence from low-energy electron-excited liquid xenon. Our experimental results provide strong support for the theory by [E. B. Gordon, V. V. Khmelenko and O. S. Rzhevskii, Chem. Phys. Lett. 217, 605 (1994)] which considers the rare-gas-atom excitations to be the main reason for the electron drift-velocity saturation occurring at high-electric fields in the condensed rare gases. Furthermore, our results prove the existence of hot electrons in liquid xenon and show that electron-excited liquid xenon could serve as the active medium for a novel type of excimer laser as proposed by [E. B. Gordon, O. S. Rzhevsky, and V. V. Khmelenko, Quantum Electron. 24, 227 (1994)]. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
4415314

 

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