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Title: Low-temperature collisional quenching of NO A{sup 2}Σ{sup +}(v′ = 0) by NO(X{sup 2}Π) and O{sub 2} between 34 and 109 K

We present measurements of collisional fluorescence quenching cross sections of NO(A{sup 2}Σ{sup +}, v′ = 0) by NO(X{sup 2}Π) and O{sub 2} between 34 and 109 K using a pulsed converging-diverging nozzle gas expansion, extending the temperature range of previous measurements. The thermally averaged fluorescence quenching cross sections for both species show a monotonic increase as temperature decreases in this temperature range, consistent with earlier observations. These new measurements, however, allow discrimination between predictions obtained by extrapolating fits of previous data using different functional forms that show discrepancies exceeding 120% for NO and 160% for O{sub 2} at 34 K. The measured self-quenching cross section is 52.9 Å{sup 2} near 112 K and increases to 64.1 Å{sup 2} at 35 K, whereas the O{sub 2} fluorescence quenching cross section is 42.9 Å{sup 2} at 109 K and increases to 58.3 Å{sup 2} at 34 K. Global fits of the quenching cross section temperature dependence show that, when including our current measurements, the low temperature behavior of the quenching cross sections for NO and O{sub 2} is better described by a parameterization that accounts for the long-range interactions leading to the collisional deactivation via an inverse power law model.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemistry, Texas A and M University, 3012 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)
  2. Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A and M University, 3141 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22419800
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CROSS SECTIONS; DEACTIVATION; FLUORESCENCE; INTERACTION RANGE; NITRIC OXIDE; QUENCHING; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE