M. H. KABIR, I. O. ANTONOV, J. M. MERRITT AND M. C. HEAVEN, Department of Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322.
Optically pumped HBr lasers, operating on ro-vibrational transitions of the ground state, are currently being developed for high-energy laser applications. State-to-state energy transfer rate constants are needed for modeling and computational optimization of these systems. Self-collisions and collisions with He are of interest. The latter is used for pressure broadening, to help match the absorption lines to the spectral characteristics of the solid-state pumped lasers. IR-optical double resonance techniques are being used to determine rotational energy transfer rate constants. A tunable IR laser is used to excite the lines of the 2-0 vibrational overtone transition, and a UV laser probes the v = 2 rotational manifold via 2+1 REMPI of the H 1& + - X transition. For comparision with the HBr + He results we have also carried out first principles scattering calculations to predict the rate constants. Both the experimental results and theoretical calculations will be presented.