Time-resolved infrared-ultraviolet double resonance (IR-UV DR) spectroscopy is used to study the kinetics of collision-induced state-to-state molecular energy transfer between rovibrational states in the 12700-cm-1 4?CH manifold of the electronic ground state of acetylene (C 2H2). Particular initial and final rovibrational J-states are prepared and monitored by a pair of tunable laser pulses (IR PUMP and UV PROBE) and the kinetic results recorded by continuously varying the time delay between those pulses at a set sample pressure. After allowing for collision-induced quenching of fluorescence and mass transfer from the IR-UV optical excitation zone (by beam fly out and diffusion), an array of kinetic data for J-resolved energy-transfer channels can be interpreted by means of a mechanistically structured master-equation model. This paper focuses on kinetics derived by probing C2H2 in its 4?CH J=12 state (which is affected by intramolecular perturbations and implicated in unusual collision-induced quasi-continuous background effects) and J-resolved collision-induced rovibrational energy transfer with both even ?J and (supposedly forbidden) odd ?J. © by Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag.
- Double Resonance Spectroscopy
- Rovibrational Energy Transfer
- State-to-State Kinetics