A variety of laser spectroscopic methods are employed in this
thesis research for studies of CF₃NO, an interesting model
photodissociative system, and for investigation of low energy rotations
and vibrations of small molecules and low molecular weight clusters in
free jet expansions.
Nonradiative energy decay for electronically excited CF₃NO is...
A high-spectral resolution laser-excited molecular fluorescence
system was developed that utilizes a pulsed supersonic expansion to
simplify the fluorescence excitation spectra of large, gas-phase
aromatic molecules diluted in an excess of a monatomic gas. A
microcomputer was used to control and synchronize the instrumental
components, which included a Chromatix CMX-4...
In order to observe laser phase noise, this noise must be converted to
amplitude noise, which can be achieved using either an interferometer or an
absorption resonance in an atomic/molecular vapor or gas. When phase noise is
converted to amplitude noise, it is manifested as a heterodyne signal in the...
The temporal and spatial characteristics of a laser microprobe plume were investigated using the spectroscopic methods of emission, absorption and fluorescence. The plume was produced by rapid vaporization of a small quantity (1 μg) of a solid sample using a focussed pulsed dye laser (110 MW/cm²). For absorption and fluorescence...
Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy in an optically thick atomic vapor is used in an
optical-feedback configuration for two semiconductor diode laser systems. One laser
system consists of an unmodifed, commercially available diode laser. The other laser
system consists of a diode laser initially stabilized by optical feedback from a diffraction