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Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2009 Oct 28;11(40):9033-8. doi: 10.1039/b908975f. Epub 2009 Aug 4.

Ultrafast intermolecular energy transfer in heavy water.

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FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Science Park 113, 1098 XG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


We report on a study of the vibrational energy relaxation and resonant vibrational (Förster) energy transfer of the OD vibrations of D2O and mixtures of D2O and H2O using femtosecond mid-infrared spectroscopy. We observe the lifetime of the OD vibrations of bulk D2O to be 400 +/- 30 fs. The rate of the Förster energy transfer is measured via the dynamics of the anisotropy of the OD vibrational excitation. For a solution of 0.5% D2O in H2O, resonant energy transfer is negligible, and the anisotropy shows a single exponential decay with a time constant of 2.6 +/- 0.1 ps, representing the time scale of the molecular reorientation. With increasing concentration, the anisotropy decay becomes faster and non-exponential, showing the increased contribution of resonant energy transfer between the OD vibrations. We determine the Förster radius of the OD vibration of HDO in H2O to be r0 = 2.3 +/- 0.2 A.


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