Measurement of Molecular Relaxation Rates by IR-FIR Double Resonance Spectroscopy

Joseph S. Bakos, Kalman Mandula, Zsuzsa Sorlei

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The rotational and vibrational relaxation rates of molecules, the latter of which limits the efficiency of optically pumped far infrared lasers, can be measured by infrared-far-infrared double resonance spectroscopy. By measuring the gain line profile and amplitude as a function of the pressures of the laser gas and of additional different buffer gases present in the gain cell, the rate of molecular deexcitation processes can be determined. The results of the measurement of the pressure broadening coefficients of the methanol X = 118.8 μm line caused by collisions with methanol, SF6, and He are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1094-1097
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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