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Polarization Effects of Nitric Oxide Pure Rotational Transitions Demonstrated by Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering

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posted on 2019-08-12, 18:42 authored by Michael Thomas ArendtMichael Thomas Arendt
Dual-broadband and dual-pump nanosecond CARS experiments were performed to investigate the pure rotational transitions of the nitric oxide molecule. The former experiment was initially utilized to determine the pure rotational structure while the latter focused on polarization suppression of the pure rotational transitions of nitric oxide. A polarization calculation and analysis were conducted on the rotational and vibrational transitions of nitrogen, and the pure rotational transitions of nitric oxide were subjected to a similar polarization scheme. The electronic transitions that arise due to the spin-split nature of nitric oxide ground electronic energy levels were suppressed by the polarization scheme in a similar manner to the rotational S branch transitions. Results have been compared with a spectral simulation developed by Dr. Lucht, and the theory is partially presented. Comparison between simulation and experimental data yielded favorable agreement for the pure rotational transitions of nitric oxide.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering


  • Mechanical Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Robert P. Lucht

Additional Committee Member 2

Carson Slabaugh

Additional Committee Member 3

Christopher Goldenstein