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J Chem Phys. 2004 Dec 15;121(23):11530-4.

Real-time detection of doorway states in the intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution of the OH/OD stretch vibration of phenol.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, 980-8578, Japan.


A picosecond time-resolved IR-UV pump-probe spectroscopic study was carried out for the intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution of the OH/OD stretching vibration of isolated phenol and its isotopomers in supersonic beams. The time evolution due to IVR showed a significant isotope effect; the OH stretch vibration showed a single exponential decay and its lifetime is greatly lengthened upon the deuterium substitution of the CH group. The OD stretch vibration exhibited prominent quantum beats. Especially, in phenol-d1 (C6H5OD), the electronic transitions from the doorway states were clearly observed. They exhibited an out-of-phase quantum beat with respect to that of the OD stretch level and disappeared due to further IVR to the dense bath states. The transient spectra as well as the time evolution clearly evidenced the tier-model of the description of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution.

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