Pressure broadening and collisional narrowing in OH(v=1←0) rovibrational transitions with Ar, He, O2, and N2

Schiffman, A.; Nesbitt, David J.
February 1994
Journal of Chemical Physics;2/15/1994, Vol. 100 Issue 4, p2677
Academic Journal
Line shapes are measured for OH(v=1←0) transitions in the presence of Ar, He, O2, and N2 as a function of N rotational, spin–orbit, and λ doublet states. Pressure broadening coefficients for all transitions and buffer gases are determined from fits of the observed line shapes to the Voigt profile. The dependencies of the observed broadening coefficients on the OH quantum levels are discussed and compared with previous pressure broadening studies in HF and NO. The observed OH line shapes are interpreted in terms of their impact on the determination of mesospheric and stratospheric OH populations, temperatures, and quantum state distributions from OH nightglow and dayglow emission. In the case of OH+Ar, evidence for Dicke narrowing is presented and narrowing coefficients are reported from fits to a ‘‘hard collision’’ model.


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