Multispectrum analysis of 12CH4 in the nu4 spectral region: II. Self-broadened...

Smith, M. A. H., D. C. Benner, A. Predoi-Cross, and V. M. Devi (2010), Multispectrum analysis of 12CH4 in the nu4 spectral region: II. Self-broadened half widths, pressure-induced shifts, temperature dependences and line mixing, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 111, 1152-1166, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2010.01.017.

Accurate values for line positions, absolute line intensities, self-broadened half width and self-pressure-induced shift coefficients have been measured for over 400 allowed and forbidden transitions in the n4 band of methane (12CH4). Temperature dependences of half width and pressure-induced shift coefficients were also determined for many of these transitions. The spectra used in this study were recorded at temperatures between 210 and 314 K using the National Solar Observatory’s 1 m Fourier transform spectrometer at the McMath-Pierce solar telescope. The complete data set included 60 highresolution (0.006–0.01 cm  1) absorption spectra of pure methane and methane mixed with dry air. The analysis was performed using a multispectrum nonlinear least squares curve fitting technique where a number of spectra (20 or more) were fit simultaneously in spectral intervals 5–15 cm  1 wide. In addition to the line broadening and shift parameters, line mixing coefficients (using the off-diagonal relaxation matrix element formalism) were determined for more than 50 A-, E-, and F-species transition pairs in J manifolds of the P- and R-branches. The measured self-broadened half width and selfshift coefficients, their temperature dependences and the line mixing parameters are compared to self-broadening results available in the literature and to air-broadened parameters determined for these transitions from the same set of spectra.

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