Dynamics of thermoluminescence spectra of impurity-helium condensates containing stabilized nitrogen and oxygen atoms Academic Article uri icon


  • The results of investigations of thermoluminescence dynamics during destruction of neon-helium and krypton-helium condensates containing stabilized nitrogen and oxygen atoms are presented. Spectra of the thermoluminescence of a krypton-helium condensate contained bands of N and O atoms and NO molecules. The intensities of the bands in these spectra were found to increase simultaneously during destruction processes in the temperature range 1.5-15 K. Observation of the NO molecules provides clear evidence for chemical reactions in the nanoclusters comprising the sample at low temperatures. Destruction of neon-helium samples occurred in two stages. During the first stage the α-group of N atoms surrounded by Ne and N 2 molecules dominated the spectra. During the second stage, the spectra contained intense bands of N and O atoms stabilized in a molecular nitrogen matrix. The unusual characteristics of the thermoluminescence spectra were observed, and their changes were explained in terms of the shell structure of impurity nanoclusters which comprised the impurity-helium condensates. © 2012 V.V. Khmelenko, I.N. Krushinskaya, R.E. Boltnev, I.B. Bykhalo, A.A. Pelmenev, and D.M. Lee.

author list (cited authors)

  • Khmelenko, V. V., Krushinskaya, I. N., Boltnev, R. E., Bykhalo, I. B., Pelmenev, A. A., & Lee, D. M.

publication date

  • August 2012