Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Physics, Molecular.




Nitric oxide was studied using the techniques of laser induced fluorescence and resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization. A supersonic expansion beam consisting of nitric oxide and argon gas was crossed with a laser beam. The A2Sigma+ state of nitric oxide was used as an intermediate in the ionization process. Total fluorescence from the A2Sigma + state of nitric oxide was collected while the laser source was scanned from 225.5 nm to 226.9 run to produce an excitation spectrum. Time-of-flight mass spectra of nitric oxide, argon, and nitrogen were collected to verify the ions produced and to calibrate a newly constructed time-of-flight mass spectrometer. In addition to the nitric oxide ions produced by the resonant process, argon and nitrogen ions were produced as a result of non-resonant multiphoton ionization. A Windows-based computer program was created to collect and manipulate data from a digital oscilloscope. The program was written in Visual C++ and was run on an IBM PC.Dept. of Physics. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .M38. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0341. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.