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EPSRC Reference: GR/M47867/01
Title: NOVEL HIGH RESOLUTION BROADLY TUNABLE SOLID STATE PULSED LASER SYSTEM FOR SPECTROSCOPY & PHOTOCHEMISTRY
Principal Investigator: Western, Dr CM
Other Investigators:
Ashfold, Professor M Orr-Ewing, Professor A Ashworth, Professor SH
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
SPECTRA-PHYSICS LASERS LIMITED
Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 February 2000 Ends: 31 March 2003 Value (£): 320,137
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Gas & Solution Phase Reactions Instrumentation Eng. & Dev.
Lasers & Optics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Electronics
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We propose the development of a novel, state-of-the-art, broadly tunable, narrow-bandwidth, all solid-state optical parametric oscillator (OPO) laser source. The devise is designed to give energies >10 mJ per pulse (idler output), with a bandwidth of ca. 150 MHz. Given the initial diode set specified in this proposal, the idler and signal outputs from the OPO plus the sum frequencies generated by combining these outputs with the first and second harmonies from the seeded Nd-YAG pump laser will allow us to cover more than half of the entire 250-1000 nm wavelength range at this sort of resolution and with >mJ pulse energies. The combination of resolution, tunability and spectral brightness provided by this instrument will enable many new, and/or greatly improved, investigations of (i) structure and bonding in free radical species via high resolution hyperfine measurements, (ii) the electronic spectroscopy of compounds involving a d-block elements via one and two colour spectroscopy, and (iii) the dynamics of molecular photodissociation processes and of state-selected bimolecular reactions via careful measurement and analysis of the recoiling products.
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