Abstract

We present new experimental data on the highly excited levels in mercury using the optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a dc discharge cell. The collisionally populated 6s6pP23 metastable level has been used as an intermediate level to access the Rydberg states using a frequency-doubled dye laser covering the wavelength region between 370 and 249 nm. The optogalvanic data reveal 6snsS13(13n50), 6sndD21(6n18), 6snpD13(6n14), 6sndD23(6n15), and 6sndD33(6n59) Rydberg series. The 6snsS13 and 6sndD33 Rydberg series to such a high n value have been reported for the first time. In addition, collisionally induced parity-forbidden transitions 6snpP13(44n50) have been detected.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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