Zhong‐Quan Zhao, W. Chapman, D. Nesbitt
May 8, 1995
Journal of Chemical Physics
Time‐ and frequency‐resolved infrared (IR) laser absorption methods are used to probe hot atom energy transfer in open shell interactions of Cl(2P3/2)+HCl(J) in the single collision regime. The Cl(2P3/2) atoms are prepared by 308 nm laser photolysis of Cl2, and suffer collisions at Erel∼3500 cm−1 with a room temperature HCl distribution in a fast flow cell. Selective collisional excitation of final HCl(Jf) states is monitored by transient IR absorption on R(J≥4) branch lines in the HCl(v=1←0) band, while depletion of the initial HCl(Ji) states is monitored by transient bleaching of the room temperature Doppler profiles. Analysis of the J dependent Doppler profiles permits extraction of rotational loss [σloss(Ji)=∑fP(Ji)⋅σf←i] and gain [σgain(Jf)=∑iP(Ji)⋅σf←i] cross sections, as a function of initial and final J states, respectively. Absolute transient concentrations of the HCl(Ji) and HCl(Jf) are measured directly from absorbances via Beer’s Law, and used to extract absolute collisional cross sections. T...