Laser-initiated iodine radical chemistry in single microdroplets
Iodineradical reactions insingle free-falling microdroplets of iodododecane, initiated using UV laser photolysis, are probed using Raman spectroscopy. Stimulated Raman spectra, with 532 nm laser excitation, are recorded at varying time delays from the UV pulse. I atom recombination reactions lead to I2 that changes the optical properties of the microdroplet ultimately quenching the Raman signal. This quenching is observed over ∼10 ns, which is about the time resolution of the two-laser experiment. Although the kinetics are too rapid to be measured in current laser configuration, it demonstrates that radical kinetics can be followed insinglemicrodroplets.