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Structural isomerism in the I2Ar Van der Waals complex studied by ZEKE-PFI spectroscopy: evidence for both linear and T-shaped isomers

Authors
Journal
Chemical Physics Letters
0009-2614
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
259
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0009-2614(96)00730-0
Disciplines
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract Evidence for the existence of two structural isomers of the I 2Ar Van der Waals complex has been obtained from REMPI spectroscopy and ZEKE-PFI (zero kinetic energy-pulsed field ionisation) spectroscopy. The mass-resolved REMPI spectrum of the complex in the [ 2∏ 3 2 ] c 7s; 2 g Rydberg state shows two overlapping vibrational progressions which have been assigned to excitation of the T-shaped and linear isomers. The two-colour ZEKE-PFI spectrum of the ground electronic state of the ion recorded via a number of vibrational levels in the [ 2∏ 3 2 ] c 7s; 2 g Rydberg state show two well separated vibrational progressions. The measured difference of 43 cm −1 in the band origins for the two progressions provides an indication of the relative stabilities of the two isomers in the ion, with the linear isomer being the more weakly bound.

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