RESEARCH ON METASTABLE SPECIES IN ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR BEAMS PRODUCED BY CHARGE TRANSFER
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA
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Methods of performing laboratory studies of excited-state reactions important to ionization and optical effects in reentry physics are being studied. Near resonance charge exchange reactions are being used to convert beams of ions to beams of neutrals containing a large fraction of excited particles. The high cross sections of these charge exchange reactions allow efficient conversion of ions to neutrals. Present studies are devoted to identification and detection of excited states of the neutrals in the beam. First results of this work are reported. One of the significant results is the realization of a direct and practical method of measuring radiation lifetimes of diatomic molecules.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics