Abstract

Explosives and explosive-related compounds usually have dissociative excited electronic states. We consider the effect of excited-state dissociation upon an absorption event on the UV cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS) detection of these molecules. A change in the photon decay lifetime with increasing laser energy is demonstrated with vapors of 2,6-dinitrotoluene in the open atmosphere. The magnitude of the effect is modeled with coupled equations describing the time-dependent light intensity and molecular concentration within the cavity. The light intensities required within this model to explain the observed changes in the photon decay lifetimes are consistent with the light intensities expected within the cavity under our experimental conditions. It was also found that the slow diffusion of the molecules in static air can magnify the effect of photochemistry on UV CRDS trace detection of molecules with dissociative excited states.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (6)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (8)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription