Intramolecular vibrational relaxation in n-alkyl benzene chromium tricarbonyls: State selective production of chromium atoms

Jeanne M. Hossenlopp, Brian Samoriski, Dan Rooney, J. Chaiken

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We have measured one color multiphoton dissociation/ionization (MPD/MPI) spectra for a series of n-alkyl substituted arene chromium tricarbonyls (ACTs). Our data indicate that intramolecular vibrational relaxation (IVR) rates for methyl, ethyl, and propyl ACTs increase relative to the benzene analog in the ratio of 3:6:34. In contrast, the net relaxation rates of the p-xylene (dimethyl) and mesitylene (trimethyl) analogs are two and three times faster than benzene, respectively. The behavior of these latter analogs probably also reflects differences in electronic structure relative to the benzene ACT. Taken with the results of experiments on other analogs and the independently obtained results on the uncomplexed arenes, we have found a strong correlation between the presence of low frequency vibrations and the rate of IVR. The rate of IVR determines the distribution of neutral chromium atoms formed by MPD of the n-alkyl ACTs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3331-3337
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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