Ultraviolet Absorption Spectra of Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen at Elevated Temperatures

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Measurements of ultraviolet absorption spectra in lean and stochiometric premixed C2H4/O2 flames have been performed with different flame temperatures (1400-1700 K). The spectra of the light transmitted through the flame were measured in the 200-270 nm range by using as an incoherent broadband light source the plasma kernel of optical breakdown generated by a focused pulsed laser beam. Measurements were performed far downstream of the main flame zone in a region where the concentrations of flame products reach equilibrium values. CO2 and O2 are the major absorbing species, and their absorption cross sections at flame temperature have been evaluated by changing the flame conditions and thus obtaining different concentration of these species at the flame exit. At temperatures above 1500 K there is strong absorption (σa > 10-20 cm2) due to both CO2 and O2 in the 200-230 nm range. A clear increase can be seen in absorption of both CO2 and O2 with increasing temperature. CO2 absorption cross sections also show a different dependence with respect to temperature for the different wavelengths.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702011951650

Affiliations: 1: Università di Napoli Federico II, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, Italy; and Tampere University of Technology, Institute of Physics, Optics Laboratory, Finland 2: Università di Napoli Federico II, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, Italy

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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