Diode laser measurements of CD3 quantum yields and internal energy for the dissociation of dimethyl sulfoxide-d(6) Academic Article uri icon


  • Infrared diode laser absorption spectroscopy has been used to measure the CD3 radical photoproducts formed in the 193 and 222 nm photodissociation of dimethyl sulfoxide-d6. Quantum yields of CD3 have been determined to be 1.40.1 at 193 nm and 1.20.2 at 222 nm, compared to 2.0 for acetone-d6 at 193 nm. An analysis of transient waveforms reflecting the vibrational relaxation and radical recombination kinetics also yields an estimate of the nascent CD3 vibrational energy content by determining the fraction of total CD3 initially produced in the vibrationless state. The nascent CD3 population in the vibrational ground state decreases in order for the following photodissociation systems: CD3I at 248 nm, DMSO-d6 at 193 and 222 nm and acetone-d6 at 193 nm. The DMSO results are in good agreement with recent photofragment translational spectroscopy results and support a stepwise mechanism for the dissociation of DMSO at both wavelengths. 1997 American Institute of Physics.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Rudolph, R. N., North, S. W., Hall, G. E., & Sears, T. J.

complete list of authors

  • Rudolph, RN||North, SW||Hall, GE||Sears, TJ

publication date

  • January 1, 1997 11:11 AM