Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 32, Number 1, October 2005
|Page(s)||61 - 64|
|Section||Instrumentation and Metrology|
|Published online||25 October 2005|
Temperature of the gas phase in solar processes from simulation of the YO fluorescence spectra for A2Π1/2-X2Σ+, A2Π3/2-X2Σ+, B2Σ+-X2Σ+ systems
PROMES-CNRS, Procédés Matériaux et Énergie Solaire, BP 5, 66125 Font-Romeu, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 17 March 2005
Accepted: 17 May 2005
Published online: 25 October 2005
We estimated the temperature of the gas phase surrounding a Y2O3 sample melted at the focus of a solar furnace by comparing the fluorescence spectra of YO molecule A2Π1/2-X2Σ+, A2Π3/2-X2Σ+, B2Σ+-X2Σ+ systems and simulated spectra (two temperature model). If A3/2 and B systems can be described by a simple formulation for the calculation of upper and lower states energies, we have had, despite the poor resolution of our instrument, to use a full formulation and particularly introduce the Λ doubling terms, to satisfactorily describe the A1/2 system. At low pressure the discrepancies between rotational and vibrational temperatures and the weakness of the fits suggest that the populations of internal levels do not follow Boltzmann distributions mainly close to the vaporizing surface. The temperatures determined at higher pressures (50 hPa) on the three systems are consistent each others and supposed representative of that of the gas phase.
PACS: 52.70.Kz – Optical (Ultraviolet, visible, infrared) measurements / 39.30.+w – Spectroscopic techniques
© EDP Sciences, 2005
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