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J Chem Phys. 2009 Jan 21;130(3):034307. doi: 10.1063/1.3056570.

Photodissociation dynamics of the A 2Sigma+ state of SH and SD radicals.

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  • 1School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS, United Kingdom.


Atomic sulfur products from predissociation of the lowest rotational states of SH/SD A (2)Sigma(+) (v(')=0,1,2) are studied using velocity map imaging. The dissociation process, which is slow compared to rotation, is dominated by interference effects due to predissociation of states with low rotation quantum numbers prepared by photoexcitation using overlapping transitions of different parities. The measured product angular distributions can be modeled using the methods presented recently by Kim et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 125, 133316 (2006)]. The S((3)P(J)) (2+1) resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization scheme used in the detection step of the experiment is sensitive to the angular momentum polarization of the atomic fragments. S((3)P(J)), J=2,1,0, fine-structure yields, angular distributions, and atom polarization parameters are reported. Strong polarization of the S((3)P(2,1)) products was observed along with a weak sensitivity of the branching ratio to excess energy and a full insensitivity of the atomic product polarization to excess energy. None of the data fit the predictions of either adiabatic or diabatic photodissociation, emphasizing the need for a fully quantum treatment.

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