Abstract

The transition probability of a cascade-repopulated level can be determined from decay curves of all transitions into and out of that level. This analysis is extended to situations in which a contributing cascade is unmeasured, yielding both the transition probability sought and the mean life of the missing transition. This method is applied to the measurement of the mean lives of the 2p9 and 2s5 levels of Ne i.

© 1971 Optical Society of America

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