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Substituent Effects on Dynamics at Conical Intersections: Cycloheptatrienes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. University of Munich.
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, ISSN 1089-5639, E-ISSN 1520-5215, Vol. 117, no 40, 10239-10247 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Using selective methyl substitution, we study the effects of vibrational dynamics at conical intersections in unsaturated hydrocarbons. Here, we investigate the excited state nonadiabatic dynamics of cycloheptatriene (CHT) and its relation to dynamics in other polyenes by comparing CHT with 7-methyl CHT, 7-ethyl CHT, and perdeuterated CHT using time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and photoelectron anisotropy. Our results suggest that, upon pi pi*-excitation to the bright 2A state, we observe an early intersection with the dark 2A' state close to the Franck-Condon region with evidence of wavepacket bifurcation. This indicates that the wavepacket evolves on both states, likely along a planarization coordinate, with the majority of the flux undergoing nonadiabatic transition via conical intersections within 100 fs following light absorption. In CHT, large amplitude motion along the planarization coordinate improves the intra-ring pi-overlap, yielding a delocalized electronic density. However, substitutions in 7 position, chosen to modify the inertia of the planarization motion, did not markedly alter the first step in the sequential kinetic scheme. This suggests that there is a crossing of potential energy surfaces before planarization is achieved and, thus, nonadiabatic transition likely takes place far away from a local minimum.

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2013. Vol. 117, no 40, 10239-10247 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97374DOI: 10.1021/jp309875mISI: 000326366900011OAI: diva2:677327


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Humboldt society; Wenner-Gren foundation; NSERC (Canada); Munich-Center for Adanced Photonics (MAP); Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Center for Functional Nanostructures; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) 

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