Non-metastability of the 5d9(2D3/2)6s 26p1/2 J=2 level in Hg

R. D. Cowan, N. L.S. Martin, M. Wilson

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Ab initio calculations of both the radiative and autoionisation lifetimes of levels of the 5d96s26p configuration suggest that the recent interpretation of a new metastable level as 5d9( 2D3/ 2)6s26p1/2 J=2 in Hg is in error. The authors suggest an alternative relatively long-lived level, 5d9(2D5/2)6s26p3/2 J=3, may account for the observations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number001
Pages (from-to)L1-L3
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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