Applied Physics B

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 249–253

Temperature and pressure dependences of the laser-induced fluorescence of gas-phase acetone and 3-pentanone


  • F. Grossmann
    • Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut
  • P. B. Monkhouse
    • Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut
  • M. Ridder
    • Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut
  • V. Sick
    • Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut
  • J. Wolfrum
    • Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut

DOI: 10.1007/BF01080952

Cite this article as:
Grossmann, F., Monkhouse, P.B., Ridder, M. et al. Appl. Phys. B (1996) 62: 249. doi:10.1007/BF01080952


Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) from the S1 state of acetone and 3-pentanone was studied as a function of temperature and pressure using excitation at 248 nm. Additionally, LIF of 3-pentanone was investigated using 277 and 312 nm excitation. Added gases were synthetic air, O2, and N2 respectively, in the range 0–50 bar. At 383 K and for excitation at 248 nm, all the chosen collision partners gave an initial enhancement in fluorescence intensity with added gas pressure. Thereafter, the signal intensity remained constant for N2 but decreased markedly for O2. For synthetic air, only a small decrease occurred beyond 25 bar. At longer excitation wavelengths (277 and 312 nm), the corresponding initial rise in signal with synthetic air pressure was less than that for 248 nm. The temperature dependence of the fluorescence intensity was determined in the range 383–640 K at a constant pressure of 1 bar synthetic air. For 248 nm excitation, a marked fall in the fluorescence signal was observed, whereas for 277 nm excitation the corresponding decrease was only half as strong. By contrast, exciting 3-pentanone at 312 nm, the signal intensity increased markedly in the same temperature range. These results are consistent with the observation of a red shift of the absorption spectra (≈9 nm) over this temperature range. Essentially, the same temperature dependence was obtained at 10 and 20 bar pressure of synthetic air. It is demonstrated that temperatures can be determined from the relative fluorescence intensities following excitation of 3-pentanone at 248 and 312 nm, respectively. This new approach could be of interest as a non-intrusive thermometry method, e.g., for the compression phase in combustion engines.



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