BRIAN E. BRUMFIELD, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801; SUSANNA L. WIDICUS WEAVER, Departments of Chemistry and Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801; SCOTT S. HOWARD, CLAIRE F. GMACHL, Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton, NJ, 08544; BENJAMIN J. MCCALL, Departments of Chemistry and Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801.
In recent years the development of continuous wave quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) has enabled high-resolution laser spectroscopy at wavelengths between 4 µm and 12 µm. This is a major advancement in the availability of lasers in this wavelength region, as previously only lead salt diode lasers were available beyond 5 µm. Coverage in this region is necessary to allow for high-resolution spectroscopic studies of lower frequency stretching fundamentals, bending fundmentals, and overtones in a variety of molecules. In this study a sample of methylene bromide was expanded through a pinhole source and interrogated by continuous wave cavity ringdown spectroscopy (cw-CRDS) using a Fabry-Perot quantum cascade laser (FP-QCL). The primary motivation for this study was to use methylene bromide as a rotational temperature probe of the expansion in preparation for a cw-CRDS experiment of C60 (Widicus Weaver et al., this meeting). For this reason the cw-CRDS spectrum of the 8 band for the three dominant isotopomers of methylene bromide (CH279Br2,CH281Br2, CH279Br81Br) was acquired in the 8.5 µm region. This talk will discuss the current state of the assignment of the 8 band of methylene bromide for all three isotopomers, and will also describe the necessary steps taken to ensure adequate thermal and mechanical stability of the FP-QCL.