Direct absorption spectroscopy of jet-cooled polyenes. II. The 1 1Bu+←1 1Ag - transitions of butadienes and hexatrienes

D. G. Leopold, R. D. Pendley, J. L. Roebber, R. J. Hemley, V. Vaida

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In the present paper, we report the direct absorption spectra of the 1 1Bu+←1 1Ag - transitions of gas phase butadiene, deuterated and methylated butadienes, and the cis and trans isomers of hexatriene cooled to low rotational and vibrational temperatures in supersonic molecular jets. These jet absorption spectra allow the more accurate determinations of Franck-Condon factors, upper state vibrational intervals and vibronic band homogeneous widths. We discuss the experimental constraints that the measurements reported here and in the previous paper of this series impose on theoretical models of the equilibrium structures and relaxation dynamics of the 1 1Bu + excited states of the small linear polyenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4218-4229
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984


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