Dynamic Mapping of CN Rotation Following Photoexcitation of ICN− (pages 2651–2653)
Dr. Amanda S. Case, Elisa M. Miller, Joshua P. Martin, Yu-Ju Lu, Dr. Leonid Sheps, Prof. Anne B. McCoy and Prof. W. Carl Lineberger
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201108025
In a spin: The dynamics of photoexcited ICN−(Ar)0–5 are presented. Photodetachment produces quasi-thermal electron emission that leaves ICN with up to 2.85 eV of internal energy. Photodissociation at 2.5 eV leads to one-atom caging and highly solvated anion products. Calculations indicate efficient energy transfer into CN rotation upon excitation to the 2Π1/2 excited state. CN rotation is vital to explain the unique dynamics observed.