The effect of vibrational motion on the dynamics of shape resonant photoionization of BF3 leading to the E(2)A(1)' state of BF3+ Academic Article uri icon


  • We present the results of an experimental and theoretical investigation of vibrationally resolved valence shell photoionization of BF 3 leading to the E 2 A 1 state of BF +3 , where vibronic coupling and shape resonances are known to be important. The experimental vibrational branching ratios for multiple quantum excitations of the symmetric stretching mode of the ion v +1 as well as for the single vibrational excitation of the asymmetric stretching mode v +3 are compared with the predictions of single-channel Schwinger variational calculations performed within the Chase adiabatic approximation to obtain vibrational-state specific cross sections. The presence of a shape resonance in the continuum of [image omitted] symmetry is seen to lead to significant non-Franck-Condon intrachannel vibronic coupling effects. The breakdown in the Franck-Condon approximation is due to the sensitivity to the asymmetric stretching mode of the energy of the resonance and the magnitude of the transition moment for exciting the resonance. However, there are indications that interchannel vibronic coupling effects may also be significant in this system. 2010 Taylor & Francis.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Lucchese, R. R., Montuoro, R., Kotsis, K., Tashiro, M., Ehara, M., Bozek, J. D., ... Poliakoff, E. D.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Lucchese, Robert R||Montuoro, Raffaele||Kotsis, Konstantinos||Tashiro, Motomichi||Ehara, Masahiro||Bozek, John D||Das, Aloke||Landry, April||Rathbone, Jeff||Poliakoff, ED

publication date

  • April 2010