Experimental measurement of the radiative lifetime of NO+ (X 1Σ+, v=1, 2 and 3)

C. H. Kuo, C. G. Beggs, P. R. Kemper, M. T. Bowers, D. J. Leahy, R. N. Zare

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The radiative lifetimes of NO+ (X 1Σ+, v=1, 2 and 3) have been measured in a new Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT/ICR) apparatus using the monitor ion technique. Resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) via the C 2Π Rydberg state of NO was used to prepare vibrationally state-selected NO+ (X, v). Photoelectron spectroscopy experiments indicate v=2 was formed with greater than 97% purity and v=3 with greater than 91% purity, consistent with literature values of Miller and Compton which indicate good vibrational selection for v=0 and v=1. The radiative lifetimes of the NO+ (X) v=1, 2 and 3 vibrational states were measured to be 90, 32 and 16 ms, respectively. Comparison is made with theory and other experiments where available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Nov 17 1989
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Kuo, C. H., Beggs, C. G., Kemper, P. R., Bowers, M. T., Leahy, D. J., & Zare, R. N. (1989). Experimental measurement of the radiative lifetime of NO+ (X 1Σ+, v=1, 2 and 3). Chemical Physics Letters, 163(4-5), 291-296. https://doi.org/10.1016/0009-2614(89)85138-3