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Title:FLUOROCARBONS IN SATELLITE PLUMES: THE PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND FLUORESCENCE FROM TRIFLUOROMETHYL RADICAL.
Author(s):Young, Justin W.
Contributor(s):Annesley, Christopher
Subject(s):Small molecules
Abstract:Detailed information on the absorption and emission spectra of satellite plume constituents is lacking. Fluorocarbons are used as a space vehicle propellant in cold gas and pulsed plasma thrusters. Consequently, these uses likely produce small fluorocarbon radicals through pyrolysis and solar driven photolysis. Specifically, it’s been shown that certain VUV wavelengths can produce electronically excited CF$_{3}$ radicals from parent fluorocarbons,\footnote{Washida, N., Suto, M., Nagase, S., Nagashima, U., Morokuma, K., \textit{J. Chem Phys}. 78, 1025, (1983).} but it has not been shown if ground state CF$_{3}$ radicals may be produced as well. Furthermore, the CF$_{3}$ radical’s laser induced fluorescence spectrum has never been reported. Here we investigate the photosynthesis of CF$_{3}$ radical from VUV excitation of fluorocarbons, the direct fluorescence from the CF$_{3}$ radical, and the radical’s relevance in the space environment.
Issue Date:06/20/18
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Citation Info:APS
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/100706
DOI:10.15278/isms.2018.WH04
Other Identifier(s):WH04
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-08-17
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