# ELECTRONIC EXCITATION SPECTROSCOPY OF THE OH-CO REACTANT COMPLEX

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 Title: ELECTRONIC EXCITATION SPECTROSCOPY OF THE OH-CO REACTANT COMPLEX Creators: Greenslade, Margaret E.; Tsiouris, Maria; Lester, Marsha I. Issue Date: 2001 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: The electronic excitation spectrum of the OH-CO reactant complex in the OH A-X (1,0) spectral region has been investigated using a fluorescence depletion technique. This technique combines infrared overtone excitation of OH-CO at $1.4 \mu m$ with ultraviolet excitation of OH-CO between 275 and 300 nm, which induces a fluorescence signal. When the IR and UV transitions originate from a common ground state, the IR excitation reduces the ground state population and causes a depletion in the UV laser induced fluorescence signal. Scanning only the IR laser yields a rotationally resolved infrared spectrum of the pure OH overtone band of OH-CO at $6941.8 cm^{-1}$, while tuning only the UV laser results in a broad and relatively unstructured electronic spectrum for OH-CO spanning from 33500 to $36000 cm^{-1}$. The electronic spectrum peaks around $34600 cm^{-1}$ and exhibits a secondary shoulder near $35300 cm^{-1}$. The breadth and position of the electronic spectrum reflect the Franck-Condon window on the $OH A^{2}\Sigma^{+} (v^{\prime} = 1) + CO$ excited state potential. The lack of observable structure in the electronic spectrum is attributed to extensive homogeneous line broadening, most likely arising from rapid electronic quenching of OH $A^{2}\Sigma^{+}$ by the CO partner. The electronic excitation spectrum observed for the OH-CO will also be compared with analogous spectra obtained for complexes of OH with other partners. Description: Author Institution: University of Pennsylvania; Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/20165 Other Identifiers: 2001-RH-01