Channel branching ratios in CH2CN photodetachment: Rotational structure and vibrational energy redistribution in autodetachment

J. Lyle, O. Wedig, S. Gulania, A. I. Krylov, and R. Mabbs
J. Chem. Phys. 147, 234309 (2017)

We report photoelectron spectra of CH2CN, recorded at photon energies between 13460 and 15384 cm−1, which show rapid intensity variations in particular detachment channels. The branching ratios for various spectral features reveal rotational structure associated with autodetachment from an intermediate anion state. Calculations using equation-of-motion coupled-cluster method with single and double excitations reveal the presence of two dipole-bound excited anion states (a singlet and a triplet). The computed oscillator strength for the transition to the singlet dipole-bound state provides an estimate of the autodetachment channel contribution to the total photoelectron yield. Analysis of the different spectral features allows identification of the dipole-bound and neutral vibrational levels involved in the autodetachment processes. For the most part the autodetachment channels are consistent with the vibrational propensity rule and normal mode expectation. However, examination of the rotational structure shows autodetachment from the v3 (v = 1 and v = 2) levels of the dipole-bound state displays behavior counter to the normal mode expectation with the final state vibrational level belonging to a different mode.

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