Hyperfine population measurement of excited OH from photodissociation by microwave stimulation – first results
Angewandte Laserphysik, University of Bielefeld, Universitaetsstr. 25, D-33615 Bielefeld, Germany
2 Department of Molecular and Laser Physics, University Nijmegen, Toernooiveld 1, NL-6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: Send offprint request to: T. ThissenAngewandte Laserphysik, University of Bielefeld, Universitaetsstr. 25, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany.
Accepted: 22 July 1999
In this paper the first measurement of the hyperfine population of a photofragment is presented. The population of the hyperfine levels of the state of OH out of photodissociation of cold turns out to be statistical. After photodissociation of water at 157 nm within a Fabry-Perot microwave cavity the nascent OH formed in the , state (probed by LIF) is stimulated by microwave radiation. From saturation data the population in each hyperfine level in both Λ-doublets is determined.
Key words: masers / molecular data / ISM: molecules / radio lines: ISM
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