Unstable Diatomic Molecule

  • Jean-Louis Basdevant
  • Jean Dalibard
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


In a diatomic molecule, the interaction between the atoms depends on their electronic configuration. It is conceivable that a molecule is stable if one of the atoms is electronically excited, and unstable if both atoms are in their ground state. We study here such a scheme, and we focus in particular on the dissociation of the molecule when the initially excited atom decays to its ground state.




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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Louis Basdevant
    • 1
  • Jean Dalibard
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de PhysiqueEcole PolytechniquePalaiseau CedexFrance
  2. 2.Département de Physique, Laboratoire Kastler BrosselEcole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France

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