The Role of Rydberg States in Spectroscopy and Photochemistry

Low and High Rydberg States

  • C. Sándorfy

Part of the Understanding Chemical Reactivity book series (UCRE, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. C. Sandorfy
    Pages 1-20
  3. Low Rydberg Spectroscopy

    1. Stefan Grimme, Sigrid D. Peyerimhoff
      Pages 93-119
    2. Sean P. McGlynn, Paul Brint, John D. Scott, Kresimir Rupnik
      Pages 121-136
    3. Miljenko Perić, Sigrid D. Peyerimhoff
      Pages 137-178
    4. E. Kassab, E. M. Evleth
      Pages 231-246
  4. High Rydberg Spectroscopy

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 505-513

About this book


The aim of this volume is to offer a balanced overview of molecular Rydberg spectroscopy as it has developed over recent decades. Recent evolution has split Rydberg spectroscopy into two apparently distinct fields: the one concerns the low (n=3-5) Rydberg states, the other the very high (typically n>150) Rydberg states. The former is aimed at spectral levels where Rydberg, valence-shell, and intermediate-type states interact, with a variety of photochemical consequences. The latter considers states extremely close to the ionization limit, from whereionization is possible with a very slight amount of additional energy. Recently developed techniques make it possible to produce ions in well-defined electronic, vibrational and rotational states, including states resulting from spin-orbit or Jahn-Teller splitting. It is then possible to study the structure and reactions of such state-selected ions as well as those of the corresponding neutral molecules. These techniques amount to badly needed high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy.


autoionization molecule photochemistry photoelectron spectroscopy spectra spectroscopy structure

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Sándorfy
    • 1
  1. 1.Dèpartement de ChimieUniversitè de MontrèalCanada

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