Laser excitation and equilibration of excited vibrational states in CH 3F

Eric Weitz*, George Flynn, A. M. Ronn

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CH3F, when its v2 mode is pumped by the P(20) line of the 9.6-μ band of a COt Q-switch laser, exhibits fluorescence from the v1 and v4 modes at 3000 cm~'. This fluorescence has a risetime ≤5 μsec at 1 torr and a decay rate of 0.59±0.02 msec -1·torr-1. The diffusion coefficient measured from the low pressure fluorescence decay curves is 0.076±0.011 cm 2-torr msec-1. A very efficient near resonant energy transfer process is probably responsible for propagation of energy up the vibrational manifold. Similar processes may be important for laser induced chemical reactions. A square dependence of the intensity of fluorescence on incident cw laser power has been observed. This appears to arise mainly from population changes caused by a general temperature increase in the gas which occurs after absorption of laser energy and equilibration of all degrees of freedom of the molecule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6060-6067
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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