Mode-dependent enhancement of photodissociation and photoionization in a seven atom molecule Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the first experimental demonstration of vibrational mode-dependent enhancement in photodissociation and photoionization of a seven atom molecule, methylamine ( CH 3 NH 2 ) ( . The fundamental C-H C stretches and the overtones or combinations of CH 3 CH bends were prepared via stimulated Raman excitation (SRE) prior to their 243.135nm 243.135 one-photon dissociation or two-photon ionization. The photodissociation or photoionization of the vibrationally excited molecules was achieved via 10ns 10 delayed or temporally overlapping SRE and UV pulses, respectively. It is shown that bending modes are more effective than stretches in promoting photodissociation and photoionization, since their UV excitation is favored by larger Franck Condon factors. This behavior provides clear evidence for vibrational mode-dependence in a relatively large molecule with a torsional degree of freedom, indicating that these modes survive intramolecular vibrational redistribution on a time scale considerably longer than hitherto inferred from previous studies.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006