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Electronic states of MgO: Spectroscopy, predissociation, and cold atomic Mg and O production

Abstract : We used multiconfigurational methods and a large basis set to compute the potential energy curves of the valence and valence-Rydberg electronic states of MgO molecule. New bound electronic states are found. Using these highly correlated wave functions, we evaluated their mutual spin-orbit couplings and transition moment integrals. For the bound electronic states of MgO, we deduced an accurate set of spectroscopic constants that agree remarkably well with experimental results. Moreover, our potentials, transition moments, and spin-orbit coupling evolutions are incorporated into Fermi golden rule calculations to deduce the radiative lifetimes of MgO(B (1)Sigma(+)) rovibrational levels and the natural lifetimes of MgO(A (1)Pi) vibrational levels, where a good agreement is found with experimental values. Finally, we suggest new routes for the production of cold Mg and O atoms and cold MgO molecules. (C) 2010 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3498900]
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A. Maatouk, A. Ben Houria, O. Yazidi, N. Jaidane, M. Hochlaf. Electronic states of MgO: Spectroscopy, predissociation, and cold atomic Mg and O production. Journal of Chemical Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2010, 133 (14), ⟨10.1063/1.3498900⟩. ⟨hal-00692883⟩

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