P.M. Regan, D. Ascenzi, A. Brown, G.G. Balint-Kurti, and A.J. Orr-Ewing*
J. Chem. Phys. 112, 10259-10268.
Publication year: 2000

Experimental and theoretical methods have been applied to investigate the effect of internal parent excitation on the ultraviolet photodissociation dynamics of HCl (X 1Σ+) molecules. Jet-cooled H35Cl molecules within a time-of-flight mass spectrometer were prepared by infra-red absorption in the following quantum states: v=1, J=0 and J=5; v=2, J=0 and J=11;v=3, J=0 and J=7. The excited molecules were then photodissociated at λ∼235 nm and the Cl(2Pj)photofragments detected using (2+1) resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization. The results are presented as the fraction of total chlorine yield formed in the spin–orbit excited state, Cl(2P1/2).The experimental measurements are compared with the theoretical predictions from a time-dependent, quantum dynamical treatment of the photodissociation dynamics of HCl (v=1−3, J=0). These calculations involved wavepacket propagation using the ab initio potential energy curves and coupling elements previously reported by Alexander, Pouilly, and Duhoo [J. Chem. Phys. 99, 1752 (1993)]. The experimental results and theoretical predictions share a common qualitative trend, although quantitative agreement occurs only for HCl (v=2).