Nonlinear optical studies of the pure liquid/vapor interface: Vibrational spectra and polar ordering

R. Superfine*, Jung Y. Huang, Y. R. Shen

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Abstract

Using infrared-visible sum-frequency generation we have obtained the vibrational spectra of CH stretches of methanol molecules at the interface between methanol vapor and liquid. This is the first vibrational spectrum ever observed from a neat liquid surface. The measured polarization dependence and phase of the nonlinear susceptibility allow us to conclude that the surface methanol molecules are polar oriented with the CH3 group pointing away from the liquid with a very broad orientational distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1066-1069
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume66
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991

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