High temperature rovibronic spectroscopy of small molecules

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Oxygen (O2) is one of the most ubiquitous and important molecules on Earth today. However, while the room temperature spectrum of oxygen is well understood, the spectrum at higher temperatures is not. Extensive high temperature line lists (frequencies and intensities of transitions) produced by high level theoretical techniques utilising all existing experimental data have proved extremely valuable for other molecular species (CO2, H2O, NH3); the production of a similar list for O2 is this project's primary goal. The resulting hot O2 line list will be made widely available to assist in understanding combustion and other high temperature gas environments.

This project requires background understanding of spectroscopy and quantum mechanics such as might be obtained through a undergraduate courses in Atomic and Molecular Physics or Physical Chemistry. This project will involve computational programming, data science and computational chemistry, but prior high level understanding of these topics is not essential.

Supervisory team
Laura
McKemmish

Science
Chemistry
Maria
Cunningham

Science
Physics
Scott
Kable

Science
Chemistry
l.mckemmish@unsw.edu.au