Abstract

Rate constants for total and state-specific rotational energy transfer (RET) of OH A 2Σ+ (v′ = 2) have been measured directly in atmospheric methane–air and methane–oxygen flames for the first time to our knowledge. We used a picosecond Raman-excimer laser (τl = 300 ps, λ = 268 nm) to excite the P11(12.5) and Q11(16.5) AX transitions in the (2, 0) band of OH molecules. We analyzed the resultant fluorescence with a high-resolution spectrometer in combination with a fast-gated, intensified CCD camera (τg = 400 ps). We recorded the temporal evolution of the emission spectrum by shifting the detection time with respect to the laser pulse. Measured emission spectra were inverted to yield the time-dependent population of rotational levels in the excited state. We calculated rate constants for RET from the results of the fit. The total RET in v′ = 2 is similar to v′ = 0, 1. The state-specific rates are represented well by a simple energy-gap law.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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