Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
A survey of various gases known to emit radiation when pumped with a laser was undertaken to discover whether or no these gases would decompose as a result of the laser stimulation. A literature search provided some previous work in this area but left many gases unstudied. Methanol, 1,1-difluoroethylene, ethanol, methylene chloride and methyl iodide were subjected to laser irradiation, Using an infrared spectrophotometer as a detector, none of these five gases showed clear evidence of decomposition, Because of inherent limitations of the IR detection system, a mass spectrometer was put into operation. Calibration of this instrument was performed, Results of the calibration suggest that the mass spectrometer would greatly improve the original experimental setup.
Burke, James A., "The Study of Gas Decomposition Due to Laser Stimulation" (1977). Honors Theses. 1856.