I have a narrow gas jet, with a laser pointed at it. I want to figure out whether the gas will absorb any thermal energy from the laser photons, if they are at a wavelength that the gas can absorb.
For example, I have a 532nm laser, and a Ne gas jet. As far as I can tell from the (oddly contradictory?) sources I have seen, Ne has an absorption peak at 532nm. When it absorbs light from the laser, will it heat the gas up? Or will it simply excite an electron that later de-excites and produces another photon?
And if it does heat it up, is there any way I can get a figure on the added energy given the cross sections and laser power?
The only literature I can find on this topic just talks about gas-assisted heating of solid surfaces. Am I misunderstanding something here?