Intrachannel vibronic coupling in molecular photoionization Academic Article uri icon


  • We discuss the excitation of forbidden vibrational transitions accompanying photoionization of linear triatomic molecules. Excitation of a single quantum of the antisymmetric stretching vibration is observed for mole cules with inversion symmetry, as is the bending mode. Photoelectron spectra of the N2O+(A2), CO2+(C2g+), and CS2+(B2u+) states obtained over a range of ionization energies exhibit contrasting behavior for the relative intensities of the forbidden vibrations. These energy-dependent vibrational branching ratios are shown to result from an intrachannel vibronic coupling mechanism. Moreover, this intrachannel coupling can be further divided into two cases, one in which the photoionization cross section is sensitive to geometry changes, and a second case in which it is not. These different cases can be distinguished by comparing the experimental and theoretical results for all three molecules.Key words: photoelectron spectroscopy, vibronic coupling, photoionization.PACS Nos.: 33.60.Cv, 33.20.Ni, 33.20.Wr, 33.80.Eh

published proceedings

  • Canadian Journal of Chemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Rathbone, G. J., Poliakoff, E. D., Bozek, J. D., & Lucchese, R. R.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Rathbone, GJ||Poliakoff, ED||Bozek, John D||Lucchese, RR

publication date

  • June 2004