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Angular momentum partitioning and hexacontatetrapoles in impulsively excited argon ions

Hasan Mousa Al-Khateeb, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


We have studied simultaneous ionization and excitation of argon atoms by transversely-polarized electron impact. We measured the integrated Stokes parameters of the light emitted along the direction of the electron polarization from the excited ions without detecting the scattered electrons. The excited states under investigation, 2F7/2, 2F 5/2, 2D5/2, and 2P3/2 , have a 3p4 (1D) core and the 4p outer electron. With the exception of the 2P3/2 state, which has a 12% 3P core component, they are well-LS coupled. ^ Our experiment can measure two normalized integrated state multipoles for the total angular momentum J: t 11 (J) and t20 ( J). These multipoles are called the magnetic dipole and the electric quadrupole moments and they are related to the integrated Stokes parameters P3 and P1 respectively. The other integrated Stokes parameter P2 is consistent with zero for all the states under investigation, which means that inelastic Mott scattering is not occurring. ^ We showed that the Rubin-Bederson hypothesis holds for these well-LS coupled states for L and S multipoles. We determine the state multipoles for the 1D core and the 4p outer electron by using the formalism of irreducible tensor multipole moments. ^ We have made the first experimental measurements of the an orbital multipole moment of rank 4 (hexadecapole moment) for the 1D core. Furthermore, it is possible to determine the orbital multipole of rank 6 (hexacontatetrapole moment) accurately for the 2F states. ^

Subject Area

Physics, Atomic

Recommended Citation

Al-Khateeb, Hasan Mousa, "Angular momentum partitioning and hexacontatetrapoles in impulsively excited argon ions" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9984937.