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Infrared multiphoton spectra from metal dication complexes in the gas phase

American Institute of Physics
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  • Physics


Infrared multiphoton spectra have been recorded for the first time from metal dication complexes held in an ion trap. The photofragmentation of [M (pyridine)4] 2+ complexes has been observed in the range 920-1090 cm-1 and for M= Cu2+, Mg2+ and Zn2+. The narrow absorption features are identified as vibrational modes of the pyridine molecule and comparisons with calculations suggest that the Mg2+ and Zn2+ ion complexes have D2d (compressed tetrahedron) structures, and that the Cu2+ complex is probably square-planar (D4h).

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