Lynch Research Group

We are studying the structure of electronic excited states of small molecules in the gas phase using a nitrogen-pumped dye laser. We are using the double resonance technique where we first pump the molecule to a low-lying excited state with the dye laser; we then excite to higher lying states with a small portion of the initial nitrogen, ultraviolet pulse. Right now we are probing the vibrational levels of each of these states and using Franck-Condon calculations to assign the various transitions we observe.

In the future we would like to extend our work to the study of small, organic molecules that exhibit weak intermolecular attractive forces resulting in short-range crystallization and cluster formation upon cooling.



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