Anomalous Intensities in the 2+1 REMPI Spectrum of the E 1Π–X 1Σ+ Transition of CO Academic Article uri icon


  • We report on one-color experiments near 214 nm involving the photodissociation of jet-cooled OCS to produce high rotational states (40 < J < 80) of CO (X 1Σ+, v = 0, 1) which were then ionized by 2+1 resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization via the E 1Π state. The nominally forbidden Q-branch of the two-photon E 1Π-X 1Σ+ transition is observed with intensity comparable to the allowed R-branch. The bright character of the high- J Q-branch lines can be described quantitatively as intensity borrowing due to mixing of the E 1Π and C 1Σ+ states, using J-dependent mixing coefficients extrapolated from the observed Λ-doubling in the lower rotational levels of the E state. In addition to the significant enhancement of Q-branch intensities above the values predicted by conventional two-photon line strengths for a 1Π-1Σ+ transition, the high- J lines of the R- and P-branches appear to be suppressed in intensity by approximately a factor of 3 compared to the unperturbed low- J line strengths, most likely due to perturbations associated with a 1Σ- state. The E-state rotational term values for J < 80, v = 0 derived from the present spectra agree within our measurement and calibration uncertainties with the extrapolations based on the molecular constants previously derived from rotational levels with J < 50. The E-X transition is attractive for future application to photodissociation dynamics and rotational polarization measurements of CO photofragments, with convenient access to state-selective probing on multiple rotational branches, which exhibit different sensitivity to fragment alignment.

author list (cited authors)

  • Gunthardt, C. E., Wallace, C. J., Hall, G. E., Field, R. W., & North, S. W.

publication date

  • January 1, 2019 11:11 AM