Accurate EF1Σ+ g - X1Σ+ g transition energies in molecular hydrogen were determined for transitions originating from levels with highly excited vibrational quantum number, Ν = 11, in the ground electronic state. Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy was applied on vibrationally excited H* 2 , produced via the photodissociation of H2S, yielding transition frequencies with accuracies of 45 MHz or 0.0015 cm-1. An important improvement is the enhanced detection efficiency by resonant excitation to autoionizing 7π electronic Rydberg states, resulting in narrow transitions due to reduced ac-Stark effects. Using known EF level energies, the level energies of X(Ν = 11, J = 1, 3-5) states are derived with accuracies of typically 0.002 cm-1. These experimental values are in excellent agreement with and are more accurate than the results obtained from the most advanced ab initio molecular theory calculations including relativistic and QED contributions.
|Title of host publication||Exploring the World with the Laser|
|Subtitle of host publication||Dedicated to Theodor Hänsch on his 75th Birthday|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing Switzerland|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2018|