Magnetic field quenching of individual rotational levels of the à [sup 1]A[sub u], 2v[sub 3][sup ′] state of acetylene

Makarov, Vladimir I.; Quiñones, Edwin
January 2003
Journal of Chemical Physics;1/1/2003, Vol. 118 Issue 1, p87
Academic Journal
Following optical excitation of the à ¹A[sub u], 2 v′3 v , K[sub a] = 0 and 2 states of acetylene under collisionless conditions, population is transferred to the continuum spectrum of the ground state (the dominant process), to neighboring triplet "dark" manifolds as well as to low vibrational states in the ground state (as fluorescence). These states undergo the singlet-triplet crossing reversibly and intramolecular relaxation from the triplet manifold is not significant. Upon applying H in the presence of collisions we observe shortening in the fluorescence decay times and reduction in the amplitudes of decay signals. The magnetic quenching originates from the enhanced participation of triplet levels in the collisional deactivation, caused by the Zeeman mixing of triplet fine and hyperfine levels. The ratio of the singlet to triplet collisional cross sections for individual rotational states of σ[sub T]/σ[sub S]≈2, is estimated based on the response of the fluorescence decays to the external magnetic field.


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