1991 Volume 64 Issue 6 Pages 1738-1742
Gaseous mixtures of HNCO and NO diluted in Ar were heated by incident shock waves to about 3500 K to investigate the bimolecular reaction of NH(3Σ−) with NO. Ultraviolet emissions from the excited NH(A3II) and OH(A2Σ+) were monitored to determine the rate constants for the ground-state reaction NH(3Σ−)+NO→N2+OH(X2II). The branching ratio defined as the rate constant for the formation of OH relative to that for the NH(3Σ−) decay was found to be 0.32±0.07 at the shock-wave temperature adopted. An intense spike of chemiluminescence due to OH(A2Σ+→X2II) was observed, a finding which indicates a possible participation of the channel NH(3Σ−)+NO→N2+OH(A2Σ+) at high temperatures.
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