Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 6-2012

Publication Title

Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy

ISSN

0022-2852

Volume

276

First Page

49

Last Page

56

DOI

10.1016/j.jms.2012.06.014

Abstract

The spectrum of electronic states at 30 000–33 000 cm−1 in hafnium fluoride has been studied using (1 + 1) resonance-enhanced multi-photon ionization (REMPI) and (1+1) REMPI. Six Ω=3/2 and ten Π1/2vibronic bands have been characterized. We report the molecular constants for these bands and estimate the electronic energies of the excited states using a correction derived from the observed isotope shifts. When either of two closely spaced Π1/2 electronic states is used as an intermediate state to access autoionizing Rydberg levels, qualitatively distinct autoionization spectra are observed. The intermediate state-specificity of the autoionization spectra bodes well for the possibility of using a selected Π1/2 state as an intermediate state to create ionic HfF+ in various selected quantum states, an important requirement for our electron electric dipole moment (eEDM) search in HfF+.

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