Ultrafast alpha-CC bond cleavage of acetone upon excitation to 3p and 3d Rydberg states by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging

Huter, O. and Temps, Friedrich (2016) Ultrafast alpha-CC bond cleavage of acetone upon excitation to 3p and 3d Rydberg states by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging Journal of Chemical Physics, 145 (21). DOI 10.1063/1.4971243.

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Abstract

The radiationless electronic relaxation and alpha-CC bond fission dynamics of jet-cooled acetone in the S-1 (n pi*) state and in high-lying 3p and 3d Rydberg states have been investigated by femtosecond time-resolved mass spectrometry and photoelectron imaging. The S1 state was accessed by absorption of a UV pump photon at selected wavelengths between lambda = 320 and 250 nm. The observed acetone mass signals and the S-1 photoelectron band decayed on sub-picosecond time scales, consistent with a recently proposed ultrafast structural relaxation of the molecules in the S1 state away from the Franck-Condon probe window. No direct signatures could be observed by the experiments for CC dissociation on the S-1 potential energy hypersurface in up to 1 ns. The observed acetyl mass signals at all pump wavelengths turned out to be associated with absorption by the molecules of one or more additional pump and/or probe photons. In particular, absorption of a second UV pump photon by the S-1 (n pi*) state was found to populate a series of high-lying states belonging to the n = 3 Rydberg manifold. The respective transitions are favored by much larger cross sections compared to the S-1 <- S-0 transition. The characteristic energies revealed by the photoelectron images allowed for assignments to the 3p and 3d(yz) states. At two-photon excitation energies higher than 8.1 eV, an ultrafast reaction pathway for breaking the alpha-CC bond in 50-90 fs via the 3d(yz) Rydberg state and the elusive pi pi* state was observed, explaining the formation of acetyl radicals after femtosecond laser excitation of acetone at these wavelengths. Published by AIP Publishing.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 0 Hueter, O. Temps, F.
Research affiliation: Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1063/1.4971243
ISSN: 0021-9606
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2017 12:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2017 12:13
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/36149

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