Isotope selective laser enhancement of the Li+H2 reaction

E. G. Myers, D. E. Murnick, W. R. Softky

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The enhancement of the Li+H2→LiH+H reaction due to laser excitation of the Li atom to the 2p state has been investigated using absorption techniques. Using a rate equation model we obtain from our data a reaction cross-section σ[Li(2p)+H2→LiH+H]=(0.10±0.03)Å2 at 515°C. By selectively exciting one Li isotope the reaction is made isotope selective, suggesting an efficient means of isotope separation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics B Photophysics and Laser Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


  • 28.60
  • 82.50


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