Vibrational Relaxation of N2O (v2) by Atomic Oxygen Measured by Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy
Date of Thesis
Through the use of Transient Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS), the rate coefficient for the vibrational relaxation of N2O (Î½2) by O(3P) at room temperature (32 ÂºC)) was determined to be (1.51 Â± 0.11)x10-12 cm3molecule-1sec-1. A Q-switched, frequency quadrupled (266 nm) Nd:YAG laser pulse was used as the pump for this experiment. This pulse caused the photodissociation of O3 into O2 and O atoms.Excited oxygen (O(1D)) was collisionally quenched to ground state (O(3P)) by Ar and/or Xe. Photodissociation also caused a temperature jump within the system, exciting the Î½2 state of N2O molecules. Population in the Î½2 state was monitored through a TDLASobservation of a Î½3 transition. Data were fit using a Visual Fortran 6.0 Global Fitting program. Analysis of room temperature data taken using only Ar to quench O atoms to the ground state gave the same rate coefficient as analysis of data taken using an Ar/Xe mixture, suggesting Ar alone is a sufficient bath gas. Experimentation was alsoperformed at -27 ÂºC and -82 ÂºC for a temperature dependence analysis. A linear regression analysis gave a rate coefficient dependence on temperature of ... for the rate coefficient of the vibrational relaxation of N2O (Î½2) by atomic oxygen.
Diode, N2O, Atmosphere, Cooling, Vibration
Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)
Master of Science
Karen Janene Castle
Pedersen, Tara Jeanette, "Vibrational Relaxation of N2O (v2) by Atomic Oxygen Measured by Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy" (2010). Master’s Theses. 41.