Using the above system, we have carried out a number of studies to explore the usefulness of rapid scanning QCL systems. One study involves spectroscopy of highly absorbing liquids. Almost all liquids absorb very strongly in the long wave infrared region. We have used attenuated total reflection technique to study liquids such as isopropyl alcohol (IPA), ethanol, water, alcoholic beverage such as vodka, gin and scotch and 2,2,2-trifluroethanol. In each case a complete spectrum from ~8.5 μm to ~ 9.5 μm is recorded in a single shot 500 μs scan.
In another study, we have explored transient mixing of gases (R134A HFC introduced into a fast flowing stream of air) in a flow tube where time dependent spectra of mixing gases are obtained in <600 consecutive shots during a 300 ms time span. I will describe both studies in detail.
The fast spectroscopic study of liquids now opens up the potentially exciting area of real time process monitoring in chemical, biological and food and wine industry. The transient flow spectroscopy study clearly indicates that the AOM tuned QCL system will be of immediate use in supersonic flow studies and in the study of combustion and explosion dynamics.