Chemical Processes & Instrument Development: Instruments

Pulsed Laser Photolysis-Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLP-LIF)

Schematic of a PLP-LIF experimental setup

Schematic of a PLP-LIF experimental setup

PLP-LIF instrument
Jacketed LIF reactor

Principle of the Measurement

Pulsed laser photolysis-laser induced fluorescence is the primary method to measure the absolute rate coefficients of OH with various organic compounds. OH radicals are produced by photolysis of a OH-radical precursor, e.g. the photolysis of hydrogen peroxide with a KrF (248nm) excimer laser. A frequency-doubled output of a Nd:YAG pumped dye laser (Rhodamine 590) is subsequently used to excite the resulting OH-radicals (A2∑+ (υ = 1) ← X2Π (υ = 0)). The fluorescence of the excited OH species is measured through a 308nm bandpass filter using a PMT, in the presence and absence of sample. Under pseudo first order conditions where the sample of interest is in large excess, OH temporal profiles are measured by varying the delay between the photolysis and probe lasers. OH temporal profiles measured over a suitable range of substrate concentrations allow the determination of the rate coefficient through a linear-least squares fit of the pseudo first order loss rate versus the concentration of substrate.

Technical Specifications

Species Measured: OH radical, OD radical
Time Response: Delay between photolysis and probe lasers: 10 microseconds to 30 milliseconds
Detection Limit: ~ 5 x 1010 molecule cm-3


Temperature and pressure dependent reaction rate coefficient measurements, OH photolysis quantum yield


Jim Burkholder

Key Publications

Chattopadhyay, A., V.C. Papadimitriou, P. Marshall, and J.B. Burkholder, Temperature-dependent rate coefficients for the gas-phase OH + furan-2,5-dione (C4H2O3, maleic anhydride) reaction, International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, doi:10.1002/kin.21387, 2020.

Bernard, F., D.K. Papanastasiou, V.C. Papadimitriou, and J.B. Burkholder, Infrared absorption spectra of linear (L2-L5) and cyclic (D3-D6) permethylsiloxanes, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2017.08.006, 2017.