Xenon-Photosensitized Formation of Metastable Nitrogen

Science  25 Jun 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3678, pp. 1718-1719
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3678.1718


Metastable nitrogen molecules are produced by collision with xenon atoms excited with 1470-Å radiation. The photolytically excited species were detected by measuring the rate at which electrons were ejected from a gold surface. Hydrogen was shown to be more efficient than helium in quenching the photo-excited xenon atoms.