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Laser Chemistry
Volume 11 (1991), Issue 1, Pages 13-30

Cars Diagnostic on a Photochemical Reactor for IR Laser Induced Production of Si and Si3N4 Powders

1ENEA, Dip. TIB, US Fisica Applicata, CRE Frascati, Rome C.P. 65-00044-Frascati, Italy
2Institute of Physics, Zemun, Serbia

Received 15 March 1990; Accepted 27 June 1990

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In a flow reactor a low power (up to 50 W) CW CO2 laser tuned at 944,19 cm−1 has been focussed in order to produce Si and Si3N4 ultrafine powders from SiH4 and SiH4/NH3 mixtures.

Among possible on-line optical diagnostics, two different CARS techniques have been used to monitor the excitation process and to measure average reaction temperatures in collinear geometry. In broad-band CARS at low resolution (≈6.0 cm−1) the reactant temperature is measured from the attenuation of the corresponding integrated peak intensity below and at the dissociation threshold. In narrow-band experiments the temperature reached by the dissociating reactants below and above the threshold is inferred from the spectral shape (measured with 0.2 cm−1 resolution) of the envelope of rovibrational CARS transitions involved.

Results obtained at the threshold for SiH4 dissociation are in agreement with previous data on gas-phase pyrolysis in a thermal process. For the SiH4/NH3 reaction the difficulty in obtaining stoichiometric Si3N4 has been related to the cooling effect of large NH3 addition to the SiH4 warmed up in the laser absorption.