Slow photoelectron velocity-map imaging (SEVI) spectroscopy has been used to study the vibronic structure of gas-phase α- and β-naphthyl radicals (C10H7). SEVI of cryogenically cooled anions yields spectra with <4 cm-1 resolution, allowing for the observation and interpretation of congested vibrational structure. Isomer-specific photoelectron spectra of detachment to the radical ground electronic states show detailed structure, allowing assignment of vibrational fundamental frequencies. Transitions to the first excited states of both radical isomers are also observed; vibronic coupling and photodetachment threshold effects are considered to explain the structure of the excited bands.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry