Laser-induced near-infrared (NIR) emission spectra of neutral bismuth timer, Bi3, embedded in solid neon matrixes at 3 K were recorded in a range 870-1670 nm. Using photoexcitation with low energy photons at 1064 nm, two emission band systems were newly identified by their origin bands at T0 = 6600 and 8470 cm-1. Accordingly, spectral assignment for three NIR emission band systems reported recently was partly revised for the one with its origin band at T0 = 7755 cm-1 and reconfirmed for the others at T0 = 9625 and 11 395 cm-1. Energy splitting by spin-orbit coupling between the pair of electronic energy levels in the ground state of bismuth trimer, Bi3, both having a totally symmetric vibrational mode of frequency at e = 150 cm-1, was determined to be 1870 ± 1.5 cm-1. Transitions from the pair of electronically excited states, locating at T0 = 8470 and 9625 cm-1 above the ground state and separated by spin-orbit coupling of 1155 cm-1, have relatively long decay constants of ∼0.2 and ∼0.1 ms, respectively.
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