COLLISIONAL QUENCHING OF OH A${^2\Sigma^+}$ BY H$_2$ AND N$_2$: DYNAMICAL OUTCOMES

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 Title: COLLISIONAL QUENCHING OF OH A${^2\Sigma^+}$ BY H$_2$ AND N$_2$: DYNAMICAL OUTCOMES Creators: Dempsey, Logan P.; Sechler, Timothy D.; Murray, Craig; Lester, Marsha I.; Matsika, Spiridoula Issue Date: 2009 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: The nascent OH X${^2\Pi}$ product state distributions arising from collisional quenching of electronically excited OH A${^2\Sigma^+}$ by H$_2$ and N$_2$ have been determined using a pump-probe technique. For both collision partners, the majority of OH X${^2\Pi}$ products are observed in their lowest vibrational level, ${v^{\prime\prime}=0}$, with significantly less population in ${v^{\prime\prime}=1}$. The OH $({v^{\prime\prime}=0})$ products are generated with a substantial degree of rotational excitation, peaking around ${N^{\prime\prime}=15}$ with H$_2$ as the collision partner and ${N^{\prime\prime}=18}$ with N$_2$. Complementary measurements of the branching fraction into OH X${^2\Pi}$ product states demonstrate that reaction is the dominant decay pathway for quenching of OH A${^2\Sigma^+}$ by H$_2$, while nonreactive quenching is the dominant pathway for N$_2$. These observations are discussed in the context of theoretical calculations that examine the topography of the conical intersections which couple the electronically excited and ground state potential energy surfaces. The experimental observables are interpreted as dynamical signatures of nonadiabatic passage through the conical intersection regions responsible for quenching in both systems. Description: Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323; Department of Chemistry, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6014 URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/38251 Other Identifiers: 2009-WJ-09