19-22 October 2011
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA
US/Eastern timezone
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Identification and Analysis of Atomic and Molecular Superposition Spectra Following Laser-Induced Optical Breakdown

20 Oct 2011, 13:42
Crystal Ballroom C (Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA)

Crystal Ballroom C

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA


Alexander Woods (University of Tennessee Space Institute)


Molecular recombination and excitation of atoms following laser-induced optical breakdown provide means for simultaneous detection of atomic and molecular species. Atomic emission spectra may be analyzed to infer electron number and temperature. Careful analysis of select atomic spectra may reveal superposed diatomic molecular spectra. Nonlinear fitting of synthetic molecular spectra, calculated via diatomic quantum theory, provides tools for identification, temperature measurement, and further analyses of the diatomic molecules present. This presentation investigates the presence of C_2 molecular Swan bands in Balmer Series atomic hydrogen spectra. Combustion plumes are also studied, including comparisons of temperatures obtained using a two-color pyrometer and from data reduction analysis of measured spectroscopic AlO data.


Christian Parigger (University of Tennessee Space Institute)

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