The purpose of this thesis is to explore the nonlinear refractive index of carbon disulfide vapors as opposed to its liquid form. With CS[sub2] vapors, the vapors are less dense so they will rotate longer than liquid CS[sub2] because there are less intermolecular interactions. The electric field of the beam causes the molecules to align with the electric field and applies a torque to the molecules. After this excitation, the molecules continue rotating. The rotations change the index of refraction of the material. Continuous rotation of the molecules causes the index of refraction to be periodic which means the molecules are going through multiple revivals. I will analyze this periodic nonlinear index of refraction. However, some problems occurred while the experiment was being done as well as some issues of measuring CS[sub2] because of white light continuum generation in the cell walls. To avoid these issues we measured the air in the lab and were able to observe the periodic change of index of refraction for O[sub2] and N[sub2].
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Strunk, Evelyn, "Periodic Nonlinear Refractive Index of Carbon Disulfide Vapors" (2014). HIM 1990-2015. 1620.