Photodissociation spectroscopy of the chromium trimer ion

T. Majima, K. Tono, Akira Terasaki, Y. Kawazoe, T. Kondow

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Abstract

The electronic and geometric structures and photodissociation dynamics of the chromium trimer ion, Cr3 +, were investigated by photodissociation spectroscopy in the photon-energy range from 1.32 to 5.52 eV. The branching fractions of the product ions, Cr+ and Cr2 +, exhibit stepwise changes at the threshold energies for dissociation into Cr++Cr2, Cr+Cr2 +, Cr++2Cr, and Cr*+Cr2 +. It is noted that Cr2 + is produced even above the threshold for atomization; the excess energy is redistributed to produce a fragment atom, Cr*, in an excited state. The photodissociation action spectrum is well explained by a mixture of simulated spectra for two nearly-degenerate structural isomers identified by density functional calculations: those having a metastable C2v structure and the most stable structure slightly distorted from the C2v one. The barrier height between the two isomers which is lower than the zero-point energy suggests that Cr3 + has an intrinsically floppy structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Volume43
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Photodissociation spectroscopy of the chromium trimer ion. / Majima, T.; Tono, K.; Terasaki, Akira; Kawazoe, Y.; Kondow, T.

In: European Physical Journal D, Vol. 43, No. 1-3, 01.07.2007, p. 23-26.

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Majima, T. ; Tono, K. ; Terasaki, Akira ; Kawazoe, Y. ; Kondow, T. / Photodissociation spectroscopy of the chromium trimer ion. In: European Physical Journal D. 2007 ; Vol. 43, No. 1-3. pp. 23-26.
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