Laser Experiments for Chemistry and Physics by Robert N. ComptonLaser Experiments for Chemistry and Physics by Robert N. Compton

Laser Experiments for Chemistry and Physics

byRobert N. Compton, Michael A. Duncan

Paperback | December 12, 2015

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Lasers are employed throughout science and technology, in fundamental research, the remote sensing of atmospheric gases or pollutants, communications, medical diagnostics and therapies, and the manufacturing of microelectronic devices. Understanding the principles of their operation, whichunderlie all of these areas, is essential for a modern scientific education. This text introduces the characteristics and operation of lasers through laboratory experiments designed for the undergraduate curricula in Chemistry and Physics. Introductory chapters describe the properties of light, thehistory of laser invention, the atomic, molecular and optical principles behind how lasers work, and the kinds of lasers available today. Other chapters include the basic theory of spectroscopy and computational chemistry used to interpret laser experiments. Experiments range from simple in-classdemonstrations to more elaborate configurations for advanced students. Each chapter has historical and theoretical background, as well as options suggested for variations on the prescribed experiments. The text will be useful for undergraduates students in advanced lab classes, for instructorsdesigning these classes, or for graduate students beginning a career in laser science.
Robert N. Compton was born in Metropolis, IL. The Compton family moved to Oak Ridge, TN during WWII where his father worked on the Manhattan Project. He received degrees in Physics from Berea College (BA), the University of Florida (MS) and the University of Tennessee (PhD). He was a Senior Corporate Fellow at the Oak Ridge National La...
Title:Laser Experiments for Chemistry and PhysicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pagesPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Elementary Properties of light2. Basic Optics3. General Characteristics of Lasers4. Laboratory Lasers5. Nonlinear Optics6. Laser Safety7. The Speed of Light8. The Speed of Sound in Gases, Liquids and Solids9. Thermal Lens Calorimetry10. Laser Refractometry11. Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy12. Laser Desorption Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry13. Multiphoton Ionization Mass Spectrometry of Metal Carbonyls14. Optical Spectroscopy15. Quantum Chemistry Calculations16. Multiphoton Ionization and Third Harmonic Generation in Alkali Atoms17. Electronic Absorption Spectroscopy of Molecular Iodine18. Electronic Spectroscopy of Iodine using REMPI19. Raman Spectroscopy under Liquid Nitrogen20. Optical Rotary Dispersion of a Chiral Liquid (?-pinene)21. Faraday Rotation22. Fermi Resonance in CO223. Photoacoustic Spectroscopy of Methane24. Optogalvanic Spectroscopy25. Diode Laser Atomic Spectroscopy26. Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectroscopy using THG in Rare Gases27. Raman Shifting and Stimulated Electronic Raman Scattering (SERS)28. Fluorescence Lifetime of Iodine Vapor29. Raman Spectroscopy Applied to Molecular Conformational Analysis30. Diffraction of Light from Blood Cells31. Inversion of Sucrose by Acid Catalyzed HydrolysisAppendix I. Recommended Components and EquipmentAppendix II. Fast Signal Measurements