Photodissociation dynamics of Cl2O at 235 nm using velocity map ion imaging Academic Article uri icon


  • We have investigated the photodissociation dynamics of expansion-cooled Cl2O at 235 nm using photofragment velocity map ion imaging coupled with resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) to measure the speed and angular distributions of the Cl(2P3/2) and Cl( 2P1/2) products. We observe speed-dependent spatial anisotropy for both Cl fragments from the imaging data and attribute this to a fraction of nascent ClO, which undergoes secondary photodissociation. We have employed a Monte-Carlo forward-convolution scheme to analyze the data and obtain the speed distribution and anisotropy parameters for the ClO + Cl( 2P3/2,1/2) channels. We find that the speed distribution of the Cl(2P3/2) + ClO channel is bimodal with an anisotropy parameter of 1.2 0.2, whereas the speed distribution of the Cl(2P1/2) + ClO channel consists of a single component with an anisotropy parameter of 1.0 0.2. We have determined branching ratios for Cl(2P3/2) + ClO and Cl(2P 1/2) + ClO channels to be 0.97 0.02:0.03 0.02. Based on the translational energy distribution of Cl(2P 3/2) + ClO channel, 28% of the parent molecule undergoes three-body dissociation. 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, H., & North, S. W.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Hahkjoon||North, Simon W

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM