Electronic spectra of a homo-molecular dimer cation, (C6H5CN)2+, are measured by photodissociation spectroscopy in the gas phase. Broad features appeared in the 450-650 nm region are characteristic of π3 → πCN transitions of the C6H5CN+ chromophore. No intense band is observed in the 650-1300 nm region, where other aromatic dimer cations usually show charge resonance bands. Two component molecules of (C6H5CN)2+ cannot take a parallel sandwich configuration suitable for the resonance interaction, because of geometrical constraints due to other stronger interactions.
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