Three-dimensional infinite order sudden quantum theory for indirect photodissociation processes. Application to the photofragment yield spectrum of NOCl in the region of the T1(13A″) ←S0(11A′) transition. Fragment rotational distributions and thermal averages

Grinberg, Horacio; Freed, Karl F.; Williams, Carl J.
August 1997
Journal of Chemical Physics;8/8/1997, Vol. 107 Issue 6, p1849
Academic Journal
The analytical infinite order sudden (IOS) quantum theory of triatomic photodissociation, developed in paper I, is applied to study the indirect photodissociation of NOCl through a real or virtual intermediate state. The theory uses the IOS approximation for the dynamics in the final dissociative channels and an Airy function approximation for the continuum functions. The transition is taken as polarized in the plane of the molecule; symmetric top wave functions are used for both the initial and intermediate bound states; and simple semiempirical model potentials are employed for each state. The theory provides analytical expressions for the photofragment yield spectrum for producing particular final fragment ro-vibrational states as a function of the photon excitation energy. Computations are made of the photofragment excitation spectrum of NOCl in the region of the T1(13A″) ←S0(11A′) transition for producing the NO fragment in the vibrational states nNO=0, 1, and 2. The computed spectra for the unexcited nNO==0 and excited nNO=2 states are in reasonable agreement with experiment. However, some discrepancies are observed for the singly excited nNO=1 vibrational state, indicating deficiencies in the semiempirical potential energy surface. Computations for two different orientations of the in-plane transition dipole moment produce very similar excitation spectra. Calculations of fragment rotational distributions are performed for high values of the total angular momentum J, a feature that would be very difficult to perform with close-coupled methods. Computations are also made of the thermally averaged rotational energy distributions to simulate the conditions in actual supersonic jet experiments. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.


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