Applied Physics B

, Volume 109, Issue 3, pp 373-384

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Temperature-dependent pressure broadened line shape measurements in the ν 1+ν 3 band of acetylene using a diode laser referenced to a frequency comb

  • M. J. CichAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Stony Brook University
  • , C. P. McRavenAffiliated withChemistry Department, Brookhaven National Lab
  • , G. V. LopezAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Stony Brook University
  • , T. J. SearsAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Stony Brook UniversityChemistry Department, Brookhaven National Lab Email author 
  • , D. HurtmansAffiliated withService de Chimie Quantique et de Photophysique (Atomes, Molécules et Atmosphères), Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • , A. W. MantzAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Connecticut College

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Using an extended cavity diode laser referenced to a femtosecond frequency comb, the P(11) absorption line in the ν 1+ν 3 combination band of the most abundant isotopologue of pure acetylene was studied at temperatures of 296, 240, 200, 175, 165, 160, 155, and 150 K to determine pressure-dependent line shape parameters at these temperatures. The laser emission profile, the instrumental resolution, is a Lorentz function characterized by a half width at half the maximum emission (HWHM) of 8.3×10−6 cm−1 (or 250 kHz) for these measurements. Six collision models were tested in fitting the experimental data: Voigt, speed-dependent Voigt, Rautian–Sobel’man, Galatry, and two Rautian–Galatry hybrid models (with and without speed-dependence). Only the speed-dependent Voigt model was able to fit the data to the experimental noise level at all temperatures and for pressures between 3 and nearly 360 torr. The variations of the speed-dependent Voigt profile line shape parameters with temperature were also characterized, and this model accurately reproduces the observations over their entire range of temperature and pressure.