Title

Construction and Implementation of a Fourier Transform Microwave (FTMW) Spectrometer

Presenter Information

Cassandra C. Hurley

Department

Materials Science and Engineering

Major

Ceramic Engineering

Research Advisor

Grubbs, Garry S.

Advisor's Department

Chemistry

Funding Source

MS&T Startup Funds

Abstract

Microwave spectroscopy is a technique utilized to elucidate the structure of molecules via their rotational transitions. As of 1981, the standard for this technique has been the Balle-Flygare cavity FTMW spectrometer. A version of this type of spectrometer has been purchased from Oxford University and reconstructed in the Microwave Spectroscopy group at MS&T. Recent tests of this spectrometer on the calibration molecule carbonyl sulfide will be detailed and presented for demonstration of sensitivity. Furthermore, preliminary explorations into the structure of the molecule bromoperfluoroacetone will be presented.

Biography

Cassandra C. Hurley is a freshman in the ceramics engineering department. Originally from Arkansas, she enrolled in Missouri S&T to not only study, but to become involved on campus. She currently is involved in student organizations, residential life, as well as undergraduate research within the Chemistry department. As well as her involvement on campus, Cassandra has also been placed on the Academic Scholar’s List and the Honor Role.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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Construction and Implementation of a Fourier Transform Microwave (FTMW) Spectrometer

Upper Atrium/Hall

Microwave spectroscopy is a technique utilized to elucidate the structure of molecules via their rotational transitions. As of 1981, the standard for this technique has been the Balle-Flygare cavity FTMW spectrometer. A version of this type of spectrometer has been purchased from Oxford University and reconstructed in the Microwave Spectroscopy group at MS&T. Recent tests of this spectrometer on the calibration molecule carbonyl sulfide will be detailed and presented for demonstration of sensitivity. Furthermore, preliminary explorations into the structure of the molecule bromoperfluoroacetone will be presented.