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Title: Vibronic coupling in asymmetric bichromophores: Experimental investigation of diphenylmethane-d{sub 5}

Vibrationally and rotationally resolved electronic spectra of diphenylmethane-d{sub 5} (DPM-d{sub 5}) are reported in the isolated-molecule environment of a supersonic expansion. While small, the asymmetry induced by deuteration of one of the aromatic rings is sufficient to cause several important effects that change the principle mechanism of vibronic coupling between the close-lying S{sub 1} and S{sub 2} states, and spectroscopic signatures such coupling produces. The splitting between S{sub 1} and S{sub 2} origins is 186 cm{sup −1}, about 50% greater than its value in DPM-d{sub 0} (123 cm{sup −1}), and an amount sufficient to bring the S{sub 2} zero-point level into near-resonance with the v = 1 level in the S{sub 1} state of a low-frequency phenyl flapping mode, ν{sub R} = 191 cm{sup −1}. Dispersed fluorescence spectra bear clear evidence that Δv(R) = 1 Herzberg-Teller coupling dominates the near-resonant internal mixing between the S{sub 1} and S{sub 2} manifolds. The fluorescence into each pair of Franck-Condon active ring modes shows an asymmetry that suggests incorrectly that the S{sub 1} and S{sub 2} states may be electronically localized. From rotationally resolved studies, the S{sub 0} and S{sub 1} states have been well-fit to asymmetric rotor Hamiltonians while the S{sub 2}more » state is perturbed and not fit. The transition dipole moment (TDM) orientation of the S{sub 1} state is nearly perpendicular to the C{sub 2} symmetry axes with 66(2)%:3(1)%:34(2)% a:b:c hybrid-type character while that of the S{sub 2} origin contains 50(10)% a:c-type (S{sub 1}) and 50(10)% b-type (S{sub 2}) character. A model is put forward that explains qualitatively the TDM compositions and dispersed emission patterns without the need to invoke electronic localization. The experimental data discussed here serve as a foundation for a multi-mode vibronic coupling model capable of being applied to asymmetric bichromophores, as presented in the work of B. Nebgen and L. V. Slipchenko [“Vibronic coupling in asymmetric bichromophores: Theory and application to diphenylmethane-d{sub 5},” J. Chem. Phys. (submitted)].« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2084 (United States)
  2. Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division, Physical Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado 80305-3328 (United States)
  3. Department of Chemistry and Center for Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0213 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420033
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; COUPLING; DEUTERATION; DIPOLE MOMENTS; FLUORESCENCE; FLUORESCENCE SPECTROSCOPY; HAMILTONIANS; HYBRIDIZATION; MIXING; MOLECULES; RESONANCE; SPECTRA