Abstract

The far-infrared rotational spectrum of H216O has been studied in the spectral range 25–112 cm−1 to measure the foreign-gas collision-broadened linewidths. Measurements of 17 lines broadened by nitrogen and 21 lines broadened by oxygen are reported. The measurements were made at 297 K. From these data, the widths due to air broadening are obtained. The experimental results are compared with recent theoretical calculations and with the case of a constant linewidth, equal to the average experimental width. There is some correlation between the relative experimental linewidths and the theoretical predictions. However, the simple assumption of a constant value for the collision-broadened linewidths gives a better representation for the case of N2- and O2-broadened linewidths than do present detailed theoretical calculations.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

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