Lifetime lengthening and the Renner-Teller effect in the HCF (Ã 1A″←X̃1A′) system

Haiyan Fan, Ionela Ionescu, Chris Annesley, Scott A. Reid

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We report new measurements of fluorescence excitation spectra and single rovibronic level fluorescence lifetimes for (0,υ2′ ,0)←(0,0,0) bands with υ2′=0-6 in the HCF Ã1A″←X̃1A′ system. Due primarily to the Renner-Teller interaction, upper state levels with K a≥1 display an obvious lengthening of lifetime with increasing energy which is strongly correlated with the presence of vibronic and rovibronic perturbations, and increases dramatically as the barrier to linearity is approached. This system provides a textbook example of the small molecule limit of radiationless transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-552
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 12 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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