Detection of CH in an oxyacetylene flame using two-color resonant four-wave mixing technique

Wen Ching Hung, Min Lon Huang, Yu Chang Lee, Yuan-Pern Lee*

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CH free radicals in an oxyacetylene flame at atmospheric pressure were detected by means of the two-color resonant four-wave mixing technique. Ground-state grating schemes with ω1 = ω2 (pump) and ω3 (probe) = ω4 (signal) were used; ω1(=ω2) and ω3 are in resonance with distinct rovibronic transitions of B2Σ --X2Π and A2Δ-X2Π of CH, respectively. Varying the relative polarization of the pump and probe beams significantly affects the ratio of signal to noise. Two schemes with cross polarization pairs (ω1⊥ω2) and (ω3⊥ω4) produced results best suited to detect trace species in the luminous, dense medium; the relative J dependence observed for these schemes agrees with theoretical predictions. The double-resonance feature of this technique, advantageous to identify congested lines, is also demonstrated. When an A-X transition line is employed as a probe, previously unobserved predissociative levels of B2Σ - are detected; the R(12) line of B←X (1,0) transion has a halfwidth greater than 10 cm-1, corresponding to a lifetime of 0.5 ps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9941-9946
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number23
StatePublished - 15 Dec 1995

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