Date of Award

6-1977

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

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.

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