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Title: A new look at the photodissociation of methyl iodide at 193 nm

A new measurement of the photodissociation of CH{sub 3}I at 193 nm is reported in which we use a combination of vacuum ultraviolet photoionization and velocity map ion imaging. The iodine photofragments are probed by single-photon ionization at photon energies above and below the photoionization threshold of I({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}). The relative I({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}) and I{sup *}({sup 2}P{sub 1/2}) photoionization cross sections are determined at these wavelengths by using the known branching fractions for the photodissociation at 266 nm. Velocity map ion images indicate that the branching fraction for I({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}) atoms is non-zero, and yield a value of 0.07 ± 0.01. Interestingly, the translational energy distribution extracted from the image shows that the translational energy of the I({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}) fragments is significantly smaller than that of the I{sup *}({sup 2}P{sub 1/2}) atoms. This observation indicates the internal rotational/vibrational energy of the CH{sub 3} co-fragment is very high in the I({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}) channel. The results can be interpreted in a manner consistent with the previous measurements, and provide a more complete picture of the dissociation dynamics of this prototypical molecule.
Authors:
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  1. Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22251292
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 139; Journal Issue: 21; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; BRANCHING RATIO; CROSS SECTIONS; DISSOCIATION; ENERGY SPECTRA; METHYL IODIDE; PHOTOIONIZATION; PHOTOLYSIS; WAVELENGTHS