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Byrne, O;McCaffrey, JG
2011
March
Journal of Chemical Physics
Eu/RG absorption and excitation spectroscopy in the solid rare gases: State dependence of crystal field splitting and Jahn-Teller coupling
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LUMINESCENCE SPECTROSCOPY LASER SPECTROSCOPY OPTICAL-SPECTRA MATRIX ATOMS KR CLUSTERS DIMERS
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Absorption spectroscopy recorded for annealed samples of matrix-isolated atomic europium reveals a pair of thermally stable sites in Ar and Kr while a single site exists in Xe. Plots of the matrix shifts of the visible s -> p bands versus host polarizability, allowed the association of the single site in Xe and the blue sites in Ar and Kr. On the basis of the similar ground state bond lengths expected for the Eu-rare gas (RG) diatomics and the known Na-RG molecules, the blue sites are attributed to Eu occupancy in the smaller tetra-vacancy while the red sites are proposed to arise from hexa-vacancy sites. Both sites are of cubic symmetry, consistent with the pronounced Jahn-Teller structure present on the y(8)P <- a(8)S(7/2) transition for these bands in the three hosts studied. Site-selective excitation spectroscopy has been used to reanalyze complex absorption spectra previously published by Jakob et al. [Phys. Lett. A 57, 67 (1976)] for the near-UV f -> d transitions. On the basis that a pair of thermally stable sites exist in solid argon, the occurrence of crystal field splitting has been identified to occur for the J >= 5/2 level of the P-8 state when isolated in these two sites with cubic symmetry. From a detailed lineshape analysis, the magnitude of the crystal field splittings on the J = 5/2 level in Ar is found to be 105 and 123 cm(-1) for the red and blue sites, respectively. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3564947]
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0021-9606
10.1063/1.3564947
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