Infrared cavity ringdown spectroscopy of jet-cooled polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Alex J. Huneycutt, Raphael N. Casaes, Benjamin J. McCall, Chao Yu Chung, Yuan Pern Lee, Richard J. Saykally

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Infrared absorption spectra of the CH stretching region were observed for naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, pyrene, and perylene using a heated, supersonic, slit-jet source and cavity ringdown spectroscopy. Band positions and intensities recorded with 0.2-cm-1 resolution were compared with previous gas-phase and argon matrix isolation experiments, as well as theoretical calculations. The largest matrix shift in the absorption maximum (-7.4 cm-1) was observed for anthracene, with all others shifted by 3.0 cm-1 or less. Spectral features in the supersonic jet spectrum were generally narrower than those observed in the Ar matrix, with the largest matrix broadening found for the perylene (80% increase). Low number densities observed for the larger polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) suggest that the lower vapor pressure of PAHs with catacondensed four-membered rings and with five-membered rings other than perylene will not be detectable using our current configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-326
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 19 2004


  • Cavity ringdown spectroscopy
  • IR spectroscopy
  • Matrix isolation
  • Polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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