This work was supported by NSF Grant SER 76-18132.
Journal of Applied Physics
Air -- Analysis, Hydroxyl group -- Detection, Fluorescence
In the measurement of HO concentrations by laser-excited fluorescence, expansion of the sampled air offers a way to reduce fluorescent and photolytic interference by other species. The decrease in [HO] upon expansion is balanced by an increase in HO fluorescence yield over a wide range of pressures. Background air fluorescence is reduced if the responsible species have fluorescence yields higher than those of HO. Preliminary experiments indicate that most of the fluorescence observed in laboratory air is due to such species. Upon expansion, the suppression of fluorescent interference can be no greater than the reduction in pressure, whereas the suppression of photolytic interference can be no less.
Hard, T. M., O'Brien, R. J., & Cook, T. B. (1980). Pressure dependence of fluorescent and photolytic interferences in HO detection by laser-excited fluorescence. Journal Of Applied Physics, 51(7), 3459-3464.