Collisional relaxation and internal energy redistribution in NO

R. Fantoni, M. Giorgi, L. De Dominicis, D.N. Kozlov

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Optical scattering from laser-induced thermal gratings (LITGs) was employed in investigations of molecular relaxation processes in gas mixtures containing a small amount of NO2diluted with different buffer gases (N2,Ar,CO2). The thermal gratings were generated by the thermalization of the molecular internal energy stored in the NO2molecules after laser resonant excitation of the2B1←2A1Huber-Douglas band. The temporal evolution of LITGs was detected by scattering a cw read-out laser beam. A theoretical simulation of experimental results was performed in which the linearized hydrodynamic equations relevant to collisions responsible for the relaxation process were solved by following a two-step rate equations approach. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375 - 380
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Fantoni, R., Giorgi, M., De Dominicis, L., & Kozlov, D. N. (2000). Collisional relaxation and internal energy redistribution in NO. Chemical Physics Letters, 332(3-4), 375 - 380.