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Title: The UV Spectrum of the Lyman-Birge-Hopfield Band System of N2 Induced by Cascading from Electron Impact
We have measured in the laboratory the far ultraviolet (FUV: 125.0–170.0 nm) cascade-induced spectrum of the Lyman-Birge-Hopfield (LBH) band system (a 1Πg → X 1Σg+) of N2 excited by 30–200 eV electrons. The cascading transition begins with two processes: radiative and collision-induced electronic transitions (CIETs) involving two states (a′ 1Σu− and w 1Δu → a 1Πg), which are followed by a cascade induced transition a 1Πg → X 1Σg+. Direct excitation to the a-state produces a confined LBH spectral glow pattern around an electron beam. We have spatially resolved the electron induced glow pattern from an electron beam colliding with N2 at radial distances of 0–400 mm at three gas pressures. This imaging measurement is the first to isolate spectral measurements in the laboratory of single-scattering electron-impact-induced-fluorescence from two LBH emission processes: direct excitation, which is strongest in emission near the electron beam axis; and cascading-induced, which is dominant far from the electron beam axis. The vibrational populations for vibrational levels from v′=0–2 of the a 1Πg state are enhanced by CIETs, and the emission cross sections of the LBH band system for direct and cascading-induced excitation are provided at 40, 100, and 200 eV
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