Photochemical reactions are very important in many areas of chemistry with applications including photodynamic therapy and solar energy harvesting. These reactions often proceed quickly and, as a result, require fast reaction techniques to analyze. The Vernier Flash Photolysis Spectrometer is a simple, user-friendly transient absorption spectrometer. It is useful for demonstrating the fundamental principles of these types of fast, photo-catalyzed reactions. Some experiment ideas include kinetics of photochemical reactions such as
- Excited-state dynamics
- Triplet-decay analysis
- Time-resolved phosphorescence
- Phosphorescence-quenching kinetics
- Reactive free radicals
The Vernier Flash Photolysis Spectrometer is currently for Windows computers only. It connects directly to a computer via USB and does not require a Vernier interface. The software is provided as a free download. You do not need to purchase LabVIEW for this VI to work.
Download Flash Photolysis Spectrometer Software
- Download the zip file VSP-FP_Flash_Photolysis_Software.zip.
- Extract the zip file.
- Open and run the software.
View User Manual
View Reference Manual – The reference manual contains helpful background information on excited state chemical kinetics, important technical information for operation, and three experiments.
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