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Novel measurements of refractive index, density and mid-infrared integrated band strengths for solid O2, N2O and NO2: N2O4 mixtures

Fulvio, D.; Sivaraman, B.; Baratta, G. A.; Palumbo, M. E. and Mason, N. J. (2009). Novel measurements of refractive index, density and mid-infrared integrated band strengths for solid O2, N2O and NO2: N2O4 mixtures. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 72(5) pp. 1007–1013.

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We present novel measurements of the refractive index, density and integrated band strengths of mid-infrared features of solid N2O at 16 K and of NO2 and N2O4 in two frozen NO2: N2O4 mixtures deposited at 16 and 60 K. The refractive index and density measurements were performed also for frozen O2 deposited at 16 K. In this case, the integrated band strength values could not be determined since O2 is a homonuclear molecule and therefore its fundamental mode is not infrared active. The solid samples were analysed by infrared spectroscopy in the 8000÷800 cm-1 range. The sample thickness was measured by the interference curve obtained using a He-Ne laser operating at 543 nm. The refractive index at this laser wavelength was obtained, by numerical methods, from the measured amplitude of the interference curve. The density values were obtained using the Lorentz-Lorenz relation. Integrated band strength values were then obtained by a linear fit of the integrated band intensities plotted versus column density values. The astrophysical relevance of these novel measurements is briefly discussed

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 1386-1425
Keywords: Nitrous oxide; Nitrogen dioxide; Dinitrogen tetroxide; Infrared spectroscopy; Interstellar ices; Band strengths
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 12884
Depositing User: Astrid Peterkin
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2009 07:55
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 11:20
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