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Rachel Aga (Committee Chair), David Dolson (Advisor), Paul Seybold (Committee Member), Amit Sharma (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


This research contains four different research projects, the first an educational project introducing hydrogen bromide and deuterium bromide (HBr/DBr) and carbon monoxide (CO) as viable options for infrared vibration-rotation spectroscopy at 0.125 cm-1 or 0.5 cm-1 resolution in the teaching laboratory. The second project involved determining the spectral shifts of lanthanide fibers for diode-pumped alkali laser (DPAL) applications. Spectral shifts of lanthanides were determined using UV-VIS-NIR absorbance spectroscopy and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). The third project entailed computing Ar* atomic energy levels and the potential energy curves of Ar*+He laser systems arising from 3p54s1 and 3p54p1 Ar* electronic configurations using ab initio theory. The final project of this research determined rate coefficients and the equilibrium constant of the formation of nitrosyl bromide (BrNO) using relaxation kinetics. Integrated solution of the relaxation rate equation and third-order integrated rate law methodologies produced final values of kf = 1.50(6) x 10-5 torr-2s-1, kr = 5.8(8) x 10-5 torr-1s-1, and Keq = 0.26(3) torr-1, agreeing with literature within uncertainty.

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Department of Chemistry

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Chemistry Commons