# PHOTOLYSIS OF MATRIX-ISOLATED $HCl-Cl_{2}$ and $HBr-Br_{2}$ COMPLEXES

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 Title: PHOTOLYSIS OF MATRIX-ISOLATED $HCl-Cl_{2}$ and $HBr-Br_{2}$ COMPLEXES Creators: Burroughs, Amy; Fulghum, R. M.; Lawrence, W. G.; Heaven, M. C. Issue Date: 1997 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: Although the existence of stable trihalogens has been proposed in several contexts, they have not been definitively observed by spectroscope means. We are currently investigating a technique for isolating neutral trihalogens in rare gas solids. HX-YZ complexes (where X, Y, and Z are halogen atoms) are trapped in solid Ar and then photolyzed. The hydrogen atom readily escapes the matrix cage, while the halogen atoms remain trapped. In-situ photolysis of $Cl_{2}/HCl/Ar$ matrices generated a new species that was characterized through laser excitation and wavelength resolved fluorescence measurements. This species exhibited absorption and emission bands central at 310nm and 470 nm, respectively. Work is in progress to establish the identity of this species. In-situ photolysis of $Br_{2}/HBr/Ar$ matrices yielded electronic spectra that were consistent with absorption and emission of $Br_{2}$ perturbed by a near-by Br atom. These results suggest that, for the states probed, $Br_{3}$ behaves as a van der Waals complex. Further work on this system will also be presented. Description: Author Institution: Department Of Chemistry, Emory University URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/14106 Other Identifiers: 1997-TH-05