Lithium atoms on helium nanodroplets: Rydberg series and ionization dynamics

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Abstract

The electronic excitation spectrum of lithium atoms residing on the surface of helium nanodroplets is presented and analyzed employing a Rydberg-Ritz approach. Utilizing resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy, two different Rydberg series have been identified: one assigned to the nS(Σ) series and the other with predominantly nP(Π) character. For high Rydberg states, which have been resolved up to n = 13, the surrounding helium effectively screens the valence electron from the Li ion core, as indicated by the apparent red-shift of Li transitions and lowered quantum defects on the droplet with respect to their free atom counterparts. For low n states, the screening effect is weakened and the prevailing repulsive interaction gives rise to strongly broadened and blue-shifted transitions. The red-shifts originate from the polarization of nearby He atoms by the positive Li ion core. As a consequence of this effect, the ionization threshold is lowered by 116 ± 10 cm-1 for Li on helium droplets with a radius of about 40 Å. Upon single-photon ionization, heavy complexes corresponding to Li ions attached to intact helium droplets are detected. We conclude that ionization close to the on-droplet ionization threshold triggers a dynamic process in which the Li ion core undergoes a transition from a surface site into the droplet.

Originalspracheenglisch
Aufsatznummer184302
FachzeitschriftJournal of Chemical Physics
Jahrgang147
Ausgabenummer18
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 14 Nov 2017

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Lithium atoms on helium nanodroplets : Rydberg series and ionization dynamics. / Lackner, Florian; Krois, Günter; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

in: Journal of Chemical Physics, Jahrgang 147, Nr. 18, 184302, 14.11.2017.

Publikation: Beitrag in einer FachzeitschriftArtikelForschungBegutachtung

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