Vector correlations in the 308 nm photodissociation of ICN Academic Article uri icon


  • Nascent Doppler profiles of CN (X2Σ+) fragments from the 308 nm photodissociation of ICN have been measured using high-resolution transient frequency modulated (FM) absorption spectroscopy. The complete set of vector correlations observable with linearly polarized single photon detection has been determined for several rotational states in ν = 0. All detected states exhibit strong positive velocity anisotropy indicating that the initial optical excitation is predominantly a parallel transition. The result challenges recent theoretical work which predicts that at wavelengths > 300 nm a perpendicular transition to the 3Π1 state dominates the dissociation. © 1997 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • North, S. W., Mueller, J., & Hall, G. E

complete list of authors

  • North, Simon W||Mueller, Julie||Hall, Gregory E

publication date

  • January 1, 1997 11:11 AM