Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 185, Issue 3–4, pp 269–286 | Cite as

Thermoluminescence Dynamics During Destructions of Porous Structures Formed by Nitrogen Nanoclusters in Bulk Superfluid Helium

  • Adil Meraki
  • Shun Mao
  • Patrick T. McColgan
  • Roman E. Boltnev
  • David M. Lee
  • Vladimir V. KhmelenkoEmail author


We studied the dynamics of thermoluminescence during destruction of porous structures formed by nanoclusters of nitrogen molecules containing high concentrations of stabilized nitrogen atoms. The porous structures were formed in bulk superfluid helium by injection of the products of discharges in nitrogen–helium gas mixtures through the liquid helium surface. Fast recombination of nitrogen atoms during warming-up led to explosive destruction of the porous structures accompanied by bright flashes. Intense emissions from the \(\alpha \)-group of nitrogen atoms, the \(\beta \)-group of oxygen atoms and the Vegard–Kaplan bands of N\(_2\) molecules were observed at the beginning of destruction. At the end of destruction the M- and \(\beta \)-bands of NO molecules as well as bands of O\(_2\) molecules were also observed. Observation of the emissions from NO molecules at the end of destruction was explained by processes of accumulation of NO molecules in the system due to the large van der Waals interaction of NO molecules. For the first time, we observed the emission of the O\(_2\) molecules at the end of destruction of the porous nitrogen structures as a result of the (NO)\(_2\) dimer formation in solid nitrogen and subsequent processes leading to the appearance of excited O\(_2\) molecules.


Quantum solids Thermoluminescence Nanoclusters  Impurities and diffusion 



We gratefully acknowledge funding from NSF Grant No. DMR 1209255.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adil Meraki
    • 1
  • Shun Mao
    • 1
  • Patrick T. McColgan
    • 1
  • Roman E. Boltnev
    • 2
    • 3
  • David M. Lee
    • 1
  • Vladimir V. Khmelenko
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Astronomy, Institute for Quantum Science & EngineeringTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Branch of Talroze Institute for Energy Problems of Chemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovkaRussia
  3. 3.Joint Institute for High TemperaturesRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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