Validation of the extended simultaneous kinetics and ringdown model by measurements of the reaction NH2 + NO
The determination of rate constants for fast chemical reactions from nonexponential cavity ringdown profiles requires a consideration of the interfering laser bandwidth effect that arises if the line width of the ringdown probe laser exceeds the absorption line width of the detected species. The deconvolution of the kinetics and the bandwidth effect can be accomplished with the extended simultaneous kinetics and ringdown (eSKaR) model presented by Guo et al. (Guo, et al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2003, 5, 4622). We present a detailed validation of this eSKaR model by a corresponding investigation of the well-known rate constant for the reaction NH2 + NO. Line profiles of the pulsed ringdown probe laser and the NH2 absorption line were determined from forward modeling of experimental ringdown profiles and verified by narrow-bandwidth laser absorption measurements. In addition, the rate constant for the title reaction was evaluated using the eSKaR model and also by means of a conventional pump-probe approach with variable time delays between the photolysis (pump) and ringdown (probe) laser pulses. The resulting room temperature rate constant for the NH2 + NO reaction, k1= (8.5 +/- 1.0) x 10(12) cm(3) mol(-1) s(-1), and the room temperature pressure broadening coefficient of NH2, = 2.27 GHz/bar, measured on the A2A1<-- X2B1 transition at wavelengths around lambda = 597 nm, were found to be in excellent agreement with the available literature data.
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