Preface. 1. Preliminaries; C. Sandorfy. Part I: Low-Rydberg Spectroscopy. 2. Spectroscopy and Photochemistry of Rydberg States of Small Polyatomic Hydride Molecules; M.N.R. Ashfold, S.R. Langford. 3. Ab Initio Configuration Interaction Calculations of Rydberg and Mixed Valence-Rydberg States; R.J. Buenker, et al. 4. Theoretical Study of Circular Dichroism Spectra in the Vacuum Ultraviolet; S. Grimme, S.D. Peyerimhoff. 5. Magnetic Dichroism in the Vacuum Ultraviolet; S.P. McGlynn, et al. 6. Rydberg and Valence States in the Tetra-Atomic Molecules B2H2, C2H2 and C2H2+; M. Peric, S.D. Peyerimhoff. 7. The Rydberg Spectrum of Aldehydes and Ketones: A Comparison Using Formaldehyde as a Benchmark; M.R.J. Hachey, F. Grein. 8. The Rydberg Photophysics and Photochemistry of Amines; E. Kassab, E.M. Evleth. Part II: High Rydberg Spectroscopy. 9. From Rydbergs to Zeke States; A. Held, E.W. Schlag. 10. Lifetimes of Rydberg States in Small Molecules: Fluorescence, Predissociation, and Autoionization; H. Lefebvre-Brion. 11. Rotation-Electronic Coupling in Diatomic Rydberg States; J.K.G. Watson. 12. The Dynamics of Electron-Core Interaction in High Molecular Rydberg States; F. Remacle, R.D. Levine. 13. Dynamics of a Rydberg Molecule in an External Magnetic Field; D. Gauyacq, et al. 14. Rydberg Atom-Molecule Charge-Exchange Reactions; R.N. Compton. 15. On the High Rydberg States of the Formyl Radical. The Dynamics ofVibrational Autoionization in Triatomic Molecules; E.R. Grant. 16. Rydberg State Spectroscopy of the SH Radical; C.A. de Lange. 17. Artifacts in PFI-Zeke Photoelectron Spectroscopy; R. Signorell, F. Merkt. Index.
The aim of this volume is to offer a balanced overview of molecular Rydberg spectroscopy as it has developed over recent decades. Recent evolution has split Rydberg spectroscopy into two apparently distinct fields: the one concerns the low (n=3-5) Rydberg states, the other the very high (typically n>150) Rydberg states. The former is aimed at spectral levels where Rydberg, valence-shell, and intermediate-type states interact, with a variety of photochemical consequences. The latter considers states extremely close to the ionization limit, from whereionization is possible with a very slight amount of additional energy. Recently developed techniques make it possible to produce ions in well-defined electronic, vibrational and rotational states, including states resulting from spin-orbit or Jahn-Teller splitting. It is then possible to study the structure and reactions of such state-selected ions as well as those of the corresponding neutral molecules. These techniques amount to badly needed high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy.
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