Accession Number : ADA326763

Title :   Near-Resonant Two-Photon Excitation of CN.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 91-Dec 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Guthrie, John A. ; Anderson, William R. ; Kotlar, Anthony J. ; Huang, Yuhui ; Halpern, Joshua B.

PDF Url : ADA326763

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Development of sensitive detection methods for CN is important because of applications to propellant flames. This radical plays a critical role in propellant combustion chemistry. We have observed a strong two photon absorption in the (3,0) band of CN by means of a resonant enhancement. Many lines are seen in the two photon spectrum due to multiple single photon near resonances in the (4,0) band. The detuning of the laser from these resonances varies from less than one to hundreds of wavenumbers, producing unusually large peak intensity variations in the two photon spectrum. This effect is not observed in two photon transitions far from resonance. Resonant enhancement is observed over a range from N = 5 to 20. We know of no other molecular two photon transition in which a near resonance produces such dramatically varying intensities over a short range of rotational levels. A calculation of the line strengths for these transitions reproduces the major features of the spectrum.

Descriptors :   *COMBUSTION, *TWO PHOTON ABSORPTION, EXCITATION, RESONANCE SCATTERING, LASERS, PROPELLANTS, PHOTONS, CYANIDES, MOLECULAR ROTATION, FLAMES, ELECTRON TRANSITIONS, RESONANCE ABSORPTION.

Subject Categories : Physical Chemistry
      Lasers and Masers
      Combustion and Ignition

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE