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.
|Title of host publication||Laser-Induced Processes in Molecules|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 1979|
|Name||Springer Series in Chemical Physics|