IR Laser Sensitised Chemical Reactions of Polyatomic Molecules

Colin Steel, Victor Starov, Phillip John, Robert G. Harrison, Rinaldo Leo

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Dissociation of molecules on direct irradiation with high power CO2 lasers, in the range >0.1 MW cm-2, has been demonstrated over the last few years, [l] When this technique is negated by the absence of an absorption line within the range of laser frequencies chemical reactions are induced on the addition of a sensitiser molecule. Ammonia is a suitable sensitiser since it absorbs strongly at specific CO2 laser lines and is stable to dissociation at power levels less than 5 MW cm-2.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser-Induced Processes in Molecules
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783642672545
ISBN (Print)9783642672569
Publication statusPublished - 1979

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Chemical Physics
ISSN (Print)0172-6218

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    Steel, C., Starov, V., John, P., Harrison, R. G., & Leo, R. (1979). IR Laser Sensitised Chemical Reactions of Polyatomic Molecules. In Laser-Induced Processes in Molecules (pp. 198-200). (Springer Series in Chemical Physics; Vol. 6). Springer.