TIME-RESOLVED ENERGY TRANSFER STUDIES OF LOW TEMPERATURE PARA-NH$_3$ - He COLLISIONS

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2005

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Ohio State University

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We report results of low temperature (5-15 K) experimental studies of para-NH$_3$ in collisions with He using time-resolved \mbox{MW - MW} techniques. In these studies, ammonia is collisionally cooled in a low temperature cell filled with a background of helium. A short pump pulse is used to excite a (\emph{J, K}) inversion pair while a second weak source probes nearby inversion transitions. For para-NH$_3$ only the (1, 1) and (2, 2) levels have significant population at these temperatures. Adding in the inversion doublets, this is effectively a four-level system, making it feasible to extract approximate state-to-state collision rates. We will present our experimental results and compare them to state-to-state cross sections calculated using recent NH$_{3}$-He potential surfaces.

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Author Institution: Department of Physics, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA 16335

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