Methanol absorbs HF laser radiation in the O-H stretching mode and CO2 laser radiation in its C-O stretching mode. Thus multiphoton absorption (MPA) and multiphoton decomposition (MPD) experiments determining the effect on product yields of irradiating different modes of the same small molecule are possible for methanol. Such a comparison has been reported previously.1 However, another study of CO2 laser-induced MPD2 disagreed with the product ratios reported.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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