Dresden 2011 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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A: Fachverband Atomphysik

A 26: Poster III

A 26.56: Poster

Donnerstag, 17. März 2011, 16:00–18:30, P2

New energy levels of Praseodymium with large angula momentum — •Shamim Khan, Imran Siddiqui, Bettina Gamper, Tanweer Iqbal Syed, Günter H. Guthöhrlein, and Laurentius Windholz — Inst. f. Experimentalphysik, Techn. Univ. Graz, Petersgasse 16, A-8010 Graz

The electronic ground state configuration of praseodymium 59Pr141 is [Xe] 4f36s2, with ground state level 4I9/2. Our research is mainly devoted to find previously unknown energy levels by the investigation of spectral lines and their hyperfine structures. In a hollow cathode discharge lamp praseodymium atoms and ions in ground and excited states are excited to high lying states by laser light. The excitation source is a tunable ring-dye laser system, operated with R6G, Kiton Red, DCM and LD700. A high resolution Fourier transform spectrum is used for selecting promising excitation wavelengths. Then the laser wavelength is tuned to a strong hyperfine component of the spectral line to be investigated, and a search for fluorescence from excited levels is performed. From the observed hyperfine structure we determine J-values and hyperfine constants A of the combining levels. This information, together with excitation and fluorescence wavelengths, allows us to find the energies of involved new levels. Up to now we have discovered large number of previously unknown energy levels with various angular momentum values. We present here the data (energies, parities, angular momenta J, magnetic hyperfine constants A) of ca. 40 new, until now unknown energy levels with high angular momentum values: 15/2, 17/2, 19/2, 21/2.

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