Spectrochimica Acta Part B-Atomic Spectroscopy vol:57 issue:1 pages:95-107
Auto-ionizing states of neutral iridium were observed in the continuum structure near the first ionization limit using one-color and two-color two-step resonance laser ionization spectroscopy. The total angular momentum of 20 even-parity auto-ionizing states could be determined from a combined analysis of the two-color spectra obtained with ionization schemes using intermediate states with different total angular momentum. Double-resonant ionization schemes were evaluated by fluence-dependence measurements, and photo-ionization cross-sections for resonant ionization transitions were determined. We could also identify several high-lying members of ns, np and nd Rydberg series converging to the first ionization limit of the atom. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.