The evolution of 4d photoabsorption in tellurium with increasing ionisation

Lynn Gaynor, Nicola Murphy, Anthony Cummings, Gerry O'Sullivan, Michael Lysaght, Patrick Hayden, Deirdre Kilbane, John Costello, Eugene Kennedy, Paul Van Kampen

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The photoabsorption spectra of Te I - Te V have been recorded and analysed in the XUV spectral region using the dual laser produced plasma technique. Photoexcitation from the 4d subshell is the dominant process in the 35-150 eV energy region. For photon energies between 35-45 eV discrete structure corresponding to 4d-np (n ≥5) transitions were obtained. Above the 4d ionisation threshold the spectra of Te I - Te III were found to be dominated by a 4d-ef shape resonance, which peaks at ∼88 eV in each case. A transfer of oscillator strength from the resonance to discrete 4d-nf (n ≥4) transitions with increasing ionisation is clearly evident, and the 4d105s 25p → 4d95s25p4f transitions are the strongest features in the Te IV spectrum. Hartee-Fock with configuration interaction and time dependent local density approximation calculations successfully account for this behaviour and permit identification of the discrete features. The use of a prepulse to maximise the brightness of a tungsten continuum emitting plasma was also investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Pages (from-to)165-172
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventOpto-Ireland 2005: Optical Sensing and Spectroscopy - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 04 Apr 200506 Apr 2005


  • Laser plasma
  • Photoabsorption spectroscopy
  • Prepulse
  • Tellurium
  • XUV


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