TITLE

O2 photoabsorption in the 40 950–41 300 cm-1 region: New Herzberg bands, new absorption lines, and improved spectroscopic data

AUTHOR(S)
Slanger, T. G.; Huestis, D. L.; Cosby, P. C.; Naus, H.; Meijer, G.
PUB. DATE
December 1996
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;12/1/1996, Vol. 105 Issue 21, p9393
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The technique of cavity ring-down (CRD) spectroscopy is particularly useful for measuring absorptions of very weak optical transitions. We have in this manner investigated the 40 950–41 300 cm-1 region in O2, where only absorption in the O2(A 3Σ+u–X 3Σ-g) 11-0 band had been previously identified. Five new bands have been discovered in this range—the A′ 3Δu–X 3Σ-g 12-0 and 13-0 bands, the c 1Σ-u–X 3Σ-g 17-0 and 18-0 bands, and the A 3Σ+u-X 3Σ-g 12-0 band. The origins of the F1 and F2 components of the latter lie only 7 cm-1 below the lowest dissociation limit, and 15 lines have been identified. No F3 levels were observed; apparently all are above the dissociation limit. The high instrumental sensitivity of the CRD technique has allowed observation of weak lines of the A–X 11-0 band, and 12 of the 13 branches have been identified and their intensities measured. A very low upper limit has been set on the intensity of the thirteenth branch, Q13. We find 107 unidentified lines in the region, the stronger ones (19) lying in the vicinity of lines of the A–X 11-0 band. The weaker ones (88) are spread throughout the spectral region, up to and even beyond the O2 dissociation limit, and probably have their origin in transitions to very weakly bound O2 states, which may have atmospheric significance. These weaker lines have intensities that are typically 1%–5% of the strong A–X 11-0 band lines. © 1996 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
7610520

 

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