A theoretical and experimental study of pressure broadening of the oxygen A-band by helium

D.L.A.G. Grimminck, F.R. Spiering, L.M.C. Janssen, A. van der Avoird, W.J. van der Zande, G.C. Groenenboom

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Abstract

The rotationally resolved magnetic dipole absorption spectrum of the oxygen A-band b1Σg+ (v=0)→ X 3Σg-perturbed by collisions with helium was studied theoretically using the impact approximation. To calculate the relaxation matrix, scattering calculations were performed on a newly computed helium-oxygen (b1σg+) interaction potential as well as on a helium-oxygen (X3Σg -) interaction potential from the literature. The calculated integrated line cross sections and broadening coefficients are in good agreement with experimental results from the literature. Additionally, cavity ring-down experiments were performed in the wings of the spectral lines for a quantitative study of line-mixing, i.e., the redistribution of rotational line intensities by helium-oxygen collisions. It is shown that inclusion of line-mixing in the theory is required to reproduce the experimentally determined absolute absorption strengths as a function of the density of the helium gas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number204314
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume140
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2014
Externally publishedYes

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