A chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave/pulsed uniform flow spectrometer. II. Performance and applications for reaction dynamics
Author(s)Abeysekera, Chamara; Zack, Lindsay N.; Park, Barratt; Joalland, Baptiste; Oldham, James M.; Prozument, Kirill; Ariyasingha, Nuwandi M.; Sims, Ian R.; Field, Robert W.; Suits, Arthur G.; ... Show more Show less
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This second paper in a series of two reports on the performance of a new instrument for studying chemical reaction dynamics and kinetics at low temperatures. Our approach employs chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy to probe photolysis and bimolecular reaction products that are thermalized in pulsed uniform flows. Here we detail the development and testing of a new Ka-band CP-FTMW spectrometer in combination with the pulsed flow system described in Paper I [J. M. Oldham, C. Abeysekera, B. Joalland, L. N. Zack, K. Prozument, I. R. Sims, G. B. Park, R. W. Field, and A. G. Suits, J. Chem. Phys.141, 154202 (2014)]. This combination delivers broadband spectra with MHz resolution and allows monitoring, on the μs timescale, of the appearance of transient reaction products. Two benchmark reactive systems are used to illustrate and characterize the performance of this new apparatus: the photodissociation of SO2 at 193 nm, for which the vibrational populations of the SO product are monitored, and the reaction between CN and C2H2, for which the HCCCN product is detected in its vibrational ground state. The results show that the combination of these two well-matched techniques, which we refer to as chirped-pulse in uniform flow, also provides insight into the vibrational and rotational relaxation kinetics of the nascent reaction products. Future directions are discussed, with an emphasis on exploring the low temperature chemistry of complex polyatomic systems.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Physics
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Abeysekera, Chamara, Lindsay N. Zack, G. Barratt Park, Baptiste Joalland, James M. Oldham, Kirill Prozument, Nuwandi M. Ariyasingha, Ian R. Sims, Robert W. Field, and Arthur G. Suits. “A Chirped-Pulse Fourier-Transform Microwave/pulsed Uniform Flow Spectrometer. II. Performance and Applications for Reaction Dynamics.” The Journal of Chemical Physics 141, no. 21 (December 7, 2014): 214203. © 2014 AIP Publishing.
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