Multiphoton ionization of iodine atoms and CF 3I molecules by XeCl laser radiation
Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 142190 Troitsk, Moscow region, Russia
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Published online: 12 October 2007
We report about effective ionization of iodine atoms and CF3I molecules under the action of intense XeCl laser radiation (308 nm). The only ion fragment resulting from the irradiation of the CF3I molecules is the I+ ion. We have studied the influence of the intensity, spectral composition, and polarization of the laser radiation used on the intensity of the ion signal and the shape of its time-of-flight peak. Based on the analysis of the results obtained, we have suggested the mechanism of this effect. The conclusion drawn is that the ionization of the iodine atoms by the ordinary XeCl laser with a nonselective cavity results from a three- (2 + 1)-photon REMPI process. This process is in turn due to the presence of accidental two-photon resonances between various spectral components of the laser radiation and the corresponding intermediate excited states of the iodine atom. The probability of ionization of the atoms from their ground state I(2P3/2) by the radiation of the ordinary XeCl laser is more than two orders of magnitude higher than the probability of their ionization from the metastable state I*(2P1/2). The ionization of the CF3I molecules by the XeCl laser radiation occurs as a result of a four-photon process involving the preliminary one-photon dissociation of these molecules and the subsequent (2 + 1)-photon REMPI of the resultant neutral iodine atoms.
PACS: 32.80.Rm – Multiphoton ionization and excitation to highly excited states / 33.80.Rv – Multiphoton ionization and excitation to highly excited states / 42.55.Lt – Gas lasers including excimer and metal-vapor lasers
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