High-pressure measurements of CO2 absorption near 2.7 μm: Line mixing and finite duration collision effects

Aamir Farooq*, J. B. Jeffries, R. K. Hanson

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Room-temperature, high-pressure (1-30 atm) measurements of CO2 absorption are carried out near 2.7 μm to study line mixing and finite duration collision effects on transitions in the ν13 and 2ν23 vibrational bands. Two distributed feedback diode lasers are used to measure CO2 transitions near 3631-3635 cm-1 and 3644-3646 cm-1, and an FTIR spectrometer covers the entire ν13 and 2ν23 bands from 3500 to 3800 cm-1. The experiments are carried out in CO2-air and CO2-Ar mixtures to observe the non-ideal effects under the influence of different perturbers. Measurements are compared with simulations using the Voigt line shape to analyze the deviation from the Lorentzian behavior with increasing gas density, and show significant deviation from this model at high gas densities. Line shape models using empirical corrections or dynamically based scaling laws are evaluated by comparison to the measured high-density spectra. Although none of the models is able to predict the measured spectra accurately, the line mixing model of Niro et al. [24] does an overall good job but overestimates the band centers by about 4-9%. In light of these observations, challenges of developing a CO2 sensor for high-pressure combustion applications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-960
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - May 1 2010


  • CO
  • Combustion
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Line mixing
  • Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy


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