N2(a' 1Σg+) metastable collisional destruction and rotational excitation transfer by N2

A. B. Wedding, Jacek Borysow, A. V. Phelps
1993 Journal of Chemical Physics  
Quenching and rotational coupling rate coefficients have been measured for the J=4-IO, v=O levels of the a" Il:; metastable state of N2 in collisions with ground state N 2 . Laser absorption is used to monitor the population of rotational levels of the a" Il:; state following depletion of the population of one or more levels by optical pumping to other states. The observed time dependence of the recovery of population of the perturbed level and the collision induced growth and decay of the
more » ... ations of adjacent levels are interpreted in terms of quenching to other electronic levels and excitation exchange among adjacent rotational levels. For the )=6, v=o level of the a" I~: state the rate coefficients extrapolated to zero discharge current at 300 K are 2.3±0.lXIO-16 m 3 /s for electronic quenching and 1.1±0.6 X 10-16 m 3 /s for excitation transfer to the J=4 and J= 8 levels in collisions with N 2 . Very similar rate coefficients were obtained for the J=4, 7, and 8 levels.
doi:10.1063/1.464816 fatcat:4lajea4hwfeethlaysm57tkvv4