Vibrational Distribution Functions in Anharmonic Oscillators
AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB INC EVERETT MA
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A model has been developed to calculate the steady state vibrational distribution of an anharmonic oscillator under conditions of thermal nonequilibrium. The model includes vibration-vibration and vibration- translation collisional processes as well as radiative decay. Numerical calculations are shown to be in reasonably good agreement with experimental data obtained in electrically excited N2-CO mixing systems. It is shown that radiative decay may be the dominant loss mechanism in low pressure N2-CO experiments.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy