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EPSRC Reference: GR/M95974/01
Title: NOVEL HIGH RESOLUTION BROADLY TUNABLE SOLID STATE PULSED LASER SYSTEM FOR SPECTROMETRY & PHOTOCHEMISTRY
Principal Investigator: Western, Dr CM
Other Investigators:
Ashfold, Professor M Ashworth, Professor SH Orr-Ewing, Professor A
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 August 2000 Ends: 31 July 2002 Value (£): 68,483
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Structure Instrumentation Eng. & Dev.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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We seek funding for a PDRA to aid in the development and initial application of a novel, state-of-the-art, broadly tunable, narrow-bandwidth, all solid-state optical parametric oscillator (OPO) laser source. The device is designed to give energies >10 mJ per pulse (idler output), with a bandwidth of ca. 150 MHz. The seeding comes from visible and near-ir laser diodes and those currently available 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 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 Doppler lineshapes of the recoiling products.
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