Laser Stark spectroscopy of carbon dioxide in a molecular beam

T. E. Gough*, B. J. Orr, G. Scoles

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Laser Stark spectroscopy has been performed for CO2 molecules in a bolometrically detected supersonic beam, using a tunable infrared F-center laser to excite rovibrational transitions in the 3715-cm-11 + ν3" band of 12C16O2. The very weak Stark effect of CO2 is amply resolved by realizing an effective spectroscopic linewidth of 2 MHz and by using uniform electric field strengths in excess of 200 kV cm-1. Stark spectra for the R(0) and P(2) transitions enable evaluation of the isotropic part (αn) and anisotropy (Δαn) of the static molecular polarizability in both excited (n = v) and ground (n = 0) vibrational states. Direct observables are Δαv Δα0 = 1.021(8); (αv - α0) Δαv = 0.012(6); Δαv = 2.65(18) A ̊3, the last result being 12% greater than predicted. The results test the relative magnitudes of electronic and vibrational contributions to the static polarizability and indicate the way in which the polarizability tensor varies from one vibrational state to another.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Molecular Spectroscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


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