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.


Wave Function Potential Energy Stationary Solution Electronic Configuration Diatomic Molecule 
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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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