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dc.contributor.author Kemal, Saadia en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-22T00:10:53Z en_US
dc.date.available 2011-07-22T00:10:53Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20829 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.S.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description x, 108 leaves, bound 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis looks into the aspects of molecular rot-vibrational energy level relaxation of iodine when it is excited by a resonant laser. In addition, the effects of Doppler detuning of molecular levels are explored. The proposed Active Hyperspectral Imaging Project [1] will detect in the atmosphere, low concentrations of a specific element's molecules by using remote sensing optical techniques. In order to improve the signal to noise ratio, a 'high field' coherent excitation technique is proposed. However such coherent excitation should take less time than the typical relaxation time of the system to avoid de-coherence effects. The purpose of the present study is to assess the values of the de-population and de-phasing relaxation times in iodine. The result of this experiment will be used for the design of an intra-cavity coherent excitation experiment in which the power needed for excitation would be obtained by a resonant enhancement inside a low-loss optical storage cavity. We can estimate the minimum power required for coherent excitation based on our findings of the relaxation times. This high field