The UV photodissociation dynamics of ClO radical using velocity map ion imaging Academic Article uri icon


  • We have studied the wavelength-dependent photodissociation dynamics of jet-cooled ClO radical from 235 to 291 nm using velocity map ion imaging. We find that Cl(2P(3/2))+O(1D(2)) is the dominant channel above the O(1D(2)) threshold with minor contributions from the Cl(2P(J))+O(3P(J)) and Cl(2P(1/2))+O(1D(2)) channels. We have measured the photofragment angular distributions for each dissociation channel and find that the A 2pi state reached via a parallel transition carries most of the oscillator strength above the O(1D(2)) threshold. The formation of O(3P(J)) fragments with positive anisotropy is evidence of curve crossing from the A 2pi state to one of several dissociative states. The curve crossing probability increases with wavelength in good agreement with previous theoretical calculations. We have directly determined the O(1D(2)) threshold to be 38,050+/-20 cm(-1) by measuring O(1D(2)) quantum yield in the wavelength range of 260-270 nm. We also report on the predissociation dynamics of ClO below the O(1D(2)) threshold. We find that the branching ratio of Cl(2P(3/2))/Cl(2P(1/2)) is 1.5+/-0.1 at both 266 and 291 nm. The rotational depolarization of the anisotropy parameters of the Cl(2P(3/2)) fragments provides predissociation lifetimes of 1.5+/-0.2 ps for the 9-0 band and 1.0+/-0.4 ps for the 8-0 band, in reasonable agreement with previous spectroscopic and theoretical studies.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, H., Park, J., Niday, T. C., & North, S. W.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005 11:11 AM