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J Chem Phys. 2012 Jan 21;136(3):034307. doi: 10.1063/1.3676782.

Variation of radiative lifetimes of NH2(Ã2A1) with rotational levels in the (0, 8, 0) and (0, 9, 0) vibration bands.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia 20059, USA.


Radiative lifetimes from the first electronically excited state of the amidogen free radical, NH(2)(Ã(2)A(1)), are reported for rotational states in selected vibrational levels ν(2)' using laser-induced fluorescence. Thermal collision of argon, Ar(∗)((3)P(0), (3)P(2)) metastable atoms in a microwave discharge-flow system with ammonia (NH(3)) molecules produced ground state NH(2)(X̃(2)B(1)). The radiative lifetimes for the deactivation of NH(2)(Ã(2)A(1)) were determined by measuring the decay profiles of NH(2)(Ã(2)A(1) → X̃(2)B(1)). In addition to the Fermi resonances with the ground state that lengthen the radiative lifetimes, a systematic increase in the radiative lifetimes with rotational quantum number was observed. Furthermore, the average radiative lifetimes of the (0, 9, 0) Γ, τ(1) = 18.65 ± 0.47 μs and (0, 8, 0) Φ, τ(2) = 23.72 ± 0.65 μs levels were much longer than those of the (0, 9, 0) Σ, τ(3) = 10.62 ± 0.47 μs, and (0, 8, 0) Π, τ(4) = 13.55 ± 0.55 μs states suggesting increased mixing of the first electronic excited and the ground states.

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