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  1. A joint experimental and theoretical study is reported on the low-lying vibronic level structure of the ground state of the methoxy radical using slow photoelectron velocity-map imaging spectroscopy of cryogenically cooled, mass-selected anions (cryo-SEVI) and Köppel-Domcke-Cederbaum (KDC) vibronic Hamiltonian calculations. The KDC vibronic model Hamiltonian in the present study was parametrized using high-level quantum chemistry, allowing the assignment of the cryo-SEVI spectra for vibronic levels of CH 3O up to 2000 cm –1 and of CD 3O up to 1500 cm –1 above the vibrational origin, using calculated vibronic wave functions. The adiabatic electron affinities of CH 3O and CDmore » 3O are determined from the cryo-SEVI spectra to be 1.5689 ± 0.0007 eV and 1.5548 ± 0.0007 eV, respectively, demonstrating improved precision compared to previous work. Experimental peak splittings of <10 cm –1 are resolved between the e 1/2 and e 3/2 components of the 6 1 and 5 1 vibronic levels. A pair of spin-vibronic levels at 1638 and 1677 cm –1 were predicted in the calculation as the e 1/2 and e 3/2 components of 6 2 levels and experimentally resolved for the first time. The strong variation of the spin-orbit splittings with a vibrational quantum number is in excellent agreement between theory and experiment. In conclusion, the observation of signals from nominally forbidden a 1 vibronic levels in the cryo-SEVI spectra also provides direct evidence of vibronic coupling between ground and electronically excited states of methoxy.« less

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