Generation of Vacuum Ultraviolet Light in order to Study Photodissociation-Photoionization Products using Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry as the Method of Detection
Burke, Kevin P.
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The focus of my Senior Individualized Project has been to generate Vacuum Ultraviolet Light that is used to study the photodissociation and photoionization of molecules using Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. The molecule we have special interest in is CO(CO)3NO. Two lab groups have conflicting interpretations of time-resolved IR spectra, one group believes the primary photolysis products of CO(CO)3NO is CoCCO), the other believes the primary photolysis product is CO(CO)2' Our experimental method should reveal the correct interpretation. In order to achieve the experimental goals, a mercury vapor heat pipe was built and characterized. The heat pipe was used for four-wave mixing, our method of VUV generation.