2-7 June 2019
Simon Fraser University
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WITHDRAWN - Identification of the $A^1\Pi$ and $\a^3\Pi$ electronic states of magnesium monosulphide, MgS

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Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

Poster Competition (Undergraduate Student) / Compétition affiches (Étudiant(e) du 1er cycle) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) DAMOPC Poster Session & Student Poster Competition Finals (26) | Session d'affiches DPAMPC et finales du concours d'affiches étudiantes (26)


Bradley Guislain (University of New Brunswick)


Magnesium and sulphur are the 9th and 10th most abundant elements in our galaxy, and a compound in solid form (niningerite) has been found in meteors. Its gas-phase compounds are therefore candidates for detection in stellar atmospheres, as have been the magnesium-bearing compounds MgNC and MgCN. The simplest combination of these elements, MgS, is a gas-phase radical that until recently had been characterized only in its ground state $X^1\Sigma^+$ via microwave- and millimetre-wave spectroscopy, and through the $B^1\Sigma^+-X^1\Sigma^+$ electronic transition near 434 nm. In some recent experiments, we have created MgS by producing gas-phase magnesium in a Broida oven, exciting the atoms with activated nitrogen, and reacting these with CS$_2$. This has permitted us to excite individual rotational levels of the $B^1\Sigma^+$ state with a cw laser beam and to observe the fluorescence from them. We will report on the analysis of this fluorescence, which has allowed us to locate the two lowest excited states of MgS, $A^1\Pi$ and $a^3\Pi$, and to determine their rotational structure for comparison with calculations.

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Bradley Guislain (University of New Brunswick)


Dr Dennis Tokaryk (Dept. of Physics, University of New Brunswick) Nicholas Caron (University of New Brunswick) Dr Allan Adam (University of New Brunswick)

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