Abstract

We have examined photochemical reactions in microdroplets under optical resonances for situations in which photoreactive molecules dissolve from a surrounding gas phase. The link among photochemical reaction, droplet-phase diffusion, and gas-phase mass transfer rate processes produces numerous concentration distributions of reactive molecules between two limiting distributions that are characterized by the absence of reactive molecules and by the saturation concentration level. Each distribution yields a unique intensity field. The analysis shows that the reaction rate is dependent on five dimensionless parameters and is significantly enhanced by a number of combinations of parameter values.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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