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An axial molecular-beam diode laser spectrometer

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4 Author(s)
Osthoff, Hans D. ; Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G2, Canada ; Jager, Wolfgang ; Walls, Johnathon ; van Wijngaarden, William A.

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A mid-infrared tunable diode laser molecular-beam spectrometer for the purpose of trace gas sensing and the study of van der Waals complexes is described. The spectrometer employs a Herriott multipass cell with up to 72 passes. The sample gas is injected parallel to the optical axis through a hole at the center of the far mirror. The molecular absorption is Doppler split, resulting from the laser beam propagating parallel and antiparallel to the molecular-beam expansion. The axial expansion leads to narrower line widths and increased sensitivity, compared to the traditional vertical injection method, as a result of selective sampling of the central part of the molecular expansion with reduced Doppler broadening and longer residence time of the molecular sample in the laser beam. The molecular expansion leads also to selective signal enhancement of low-J transitions, as demonstrated for the ν3 antisymmetric stretch vibration of CO2. A microwave horn antenna was implemented into the spectrometer to enable microwave–infrared double-resonance experiments. The spectrometer performance was evaluated by recording spectra of the CO2Ar, (CO2)2, CO2He, and CO2SO2 van der Waals complexes near the R(0) transition of the ν3 band of CO2 around 2349 cm-1. The feasibility of using a pulsed molecular expansion for trace gas sensing is explored. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:75 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan 2004

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