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J Chem Phys. 2009 May 7;130(17):174306. doi: 10.1063/1.3120443.

Determination of the ionization and dissociation energies of the hydrogen molecule.

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Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie, ETH-Zürich, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland.

Abstract

The transition wave number from the EF (1)Sigma(g)(+)(v = 0, N = 1) energy level of ortho-H(2) to the 54p1(1)(0) Rydberg state below the X(+) (2)Sigma(g)(+)(v(+) = 0, N(+) = 1) ground state of ortho-H(2)(+) has been measured to be 25,209.99756 +/- (0.00022)(statistical) +/- (0.00007)(systematic) cm(-1). Combining this result with previous experimental and theoretical results for other energy level intervals, the ionization and dissociation energies of the hydrogen molecule have been determined to be 124,417.49113(37) and 36,118.06962(37) cm(-1), respectively, which represents a precision improvement over previous experimental and theoretical results by more than one order of magnitude. The new value of the ionization energy can be regarded as the most precise and accurate experimental result of this quantity, whereas the dissociation energy is a hybrid experimental-theoretical determination.

PMID:
19425775
DOI:
10.1063/1.3120443

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