A Caltech Library Service

Laser spectroscopic studies of the pure rotational U_0(0) and W_0(0) transitions of solid parahydrogen

Chan, Man-Chor and Lee, Szetsen S. and Okumura, Mitchio and Oka, Takeshi (1991) Laser spectroscopic studies of the pure rotational U_0(0) and W_0(0) transitions of solid parahydrogen. Journal of Chemical Physics, 95 (1). pp. 88-97. ISSN 0021-9606.

PDF - Published Version
See Usage Policy.

PDF (Erratum)
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


High resolution spectrum of multipole-induced transitions of solid parahydrogen was recorded using diode and difference frequency laser spectroscopy. The J=4<--0 pure rotational U_0(0) transition observed in the diode spectrum agrees well in frequency with the value reported by Balasubramanian et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 47, 1277 (1981)] but we observed a spectral width smaller by about a factor of 4. The J=6<--0 W_0(0) transition was observed to be exceedingly sharp, with a width of ~70 MHz, using a difference frequency spectrometer with tone-burst modulation. This transition is composed of three components with varying relative intensity depending upon the direction of polarization of laser radiation. These components were interpreted as the splitting of the M levels in the J=6 state due to crystal field interactions. In addition, a new broad feature was found at 2452.4 cm^(−1) in the low resolution Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum of solid hydrogen and was assigned to be the phonon branch W_R(0) transition of the W_0(0) line. The selection rules, crystal field splitting of J=4 and J=6 rotons, and the measured linewidth based on these observations are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Okumura, Mitchio0000-0001-6874-1137
Additional Information:Copyright © 1991 American Institute of Physics. Received 8 March 1991; accepted 28 March 1991. We would like to thank M.-F. Jagod, B.D. Rehfuss, L.-W. Xu, C.M. Gabrys, and M. Rösslein for their assistance. This work was supported by the U.S. Air Force Contract No. F04611-86-K-0069 and the University of Dayton Research Center Award no. RI-68741X1F333615-87-C-2714. M.C.C. acknowledges a graduate scholarship from the United College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Errata:Erratum: Laser spectroscopic studies of the pure rotational U 0(0) and W 0(0) transitions of solid parahydrogen [J. Chem. Phys. 9 5, 88 (1991)] Man‐Chor Chan, Szetsen S. Lee, Mitchio Okumura and Takeshi Oka J. Chem. Phys. 96, 1662 (1992);
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)F04611-86-K-0069
University of Dayton Research CenterRI-68741X1F333615-87-C-2714
United College, Chinese University of Hong KongUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:CHAjcp91
Persistent URL:
Alternative URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:9920
Deposited By: Archive Administrator
Deposited On:27 Mar 2008
Last Modified:15 Sep 2015 02:30

Repository Staff Only: item control page