Ring-breaking electron attachment to uracil: Following bond dissociations via evolving resonances Academic Article uri icon


  • Calculations are carried out at various distinct energies to obtain both elastic cross sections and S-matrix resonance indicators (poles) from a quantum treatment of the electron scattering from gas-phase uracil. The low-energy region confirms the presence of pi(*) resonances as revealed by earlier calculations and experiments which are compared with the present findings. They turn out to be little affected by bond deformation, while the transient negative ions (TNIs) associated with sigma(*) resonances in the higher energy region ( approximately 8 eV) indeed show that ring deformations which allow vibrational redistribution of the excess electron energy into the molecular target strongly affect these shape resonances: They therefore evolve along different dissociative pathways and stabilize different fragment anions. The calculations further show that the occurrence of conical intersections between sigma(*) and pi(*)-type potential energy surfaces (real parts) is a very likely mechanism responsible for energy transfers between different TNIs. The excess electron wavefunctions for such scattering states, once mapped over the molecular space, provide nanoscopic reasons for the selective breaking of different bonds in the ring region.

author list (cited authors)

  • Gianturco, F. A., Sebastianelli, F., Lucchese, R. R., Baccarelli, I., & Sanna, N.

publication date

  • January 1, 2008 11:11 AM