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ERIC Number: EJ920490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Excited-State Processes in Slow Motion: An Experiment in the Undergraduate Laboratory
Galley, William C.; Tanchak, Oleh M.; Yager, Kevin G.; Wilczek-Vera, Grazyna
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n11 p1252-1256 Nov 2010
Lasers have transformed chemistry and the everyday world. Therefore, it is not surprising that undergraduate chemistry students are frequently exposed to fairly advanced laser techniques. The usual topics studied with lasers are molecular spectroscopy and chemical kinetics. Static and dynamic fluorescence experiments seem to be particularly popular. The phenomenon of phosphorescence, on the other had, has received much less attention in the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory. A few years ago, we developed a laser experiment that introduced students to the phosphorescence quenching of the carbazole-naphthalene system under steady-state and pulse-excitation conditions. The purpose of that experiment was to demonstrate the experimental and theoretical aspects of triplet-triplet nonradiative energy transfer between two aromatic molecules. Subsequently, we modernized the experiment by introducing an inexpensive and easy-to-use Ocean Optics data acquisition system. This not only greatly simplified the experiment, but also made it more accessible to students. This article presents the upgraded version of the experiment together with suggestions for practical implementation. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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