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dc.creatorSebree, Joshua A.en_US
dc.creatorZwier, Timothy S.en_US
dc.creatorKislov, Vadim V.en_US
dc.creatorMebel, Alexander M.en_US
dc.descriptionAuthor Institution: Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199en_US
dc.description.abstractThe jet-cooled two-color, resonant two-photon ionization (2C-R2PI) spectra for $\alpha$-hydronaphthyl, $\beta$-hydronaphthyl, and 1,2,3-trihydronaphthyl radicals have been collected in the region from 18900-23400 $\wn$. Radicals were produced with an electric discharge of a select precursor in argon prior to supersonic expansion. 1,4-dihydronaphthalene and tetralin (1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene) were used to obtain spectra of the $\alpha$-hydronaphthyl and 1,2,3-trihydronaphthyl radicals respectively. Discharge of 1,2-dihydronaphthalene yielded the $\alpha$-hydronaphthyl radical spectrum with additional peaks that were tentatively assigned to the $\beta$-hydronaphthyl radical. Visible-visible holeburning was used to confirm this assignment. The S$_{0}$-S$_{n}$ origins of the $\alpha$-hydronaphthyl (18949 $\wn$), $\beta$-hydronaphthyl (19363 $\wn$), and 1,2,3-trihydronaphthyl radicals (21372 $\wn$) are in the visible region of the spectrum. Two-color photoionization efficiency scans were used to measure the adiabatic ionization potentials for the three free radicals to high accuracy. All three radicals have low ionization energies ($<$6.65 eV) compared to that of their precursors ($>$8 eV). A thermochemical cycle using these ionization potentials produces the C-H bond dissociation energy for the three free radicals, with values of 121.2, 103.6, and 168 kJ/mol for $\alpha$-hydronaphthyl, $\beta$-hydronaphthyl, and 1,2,3-trihydronaphthyl radical respectively. It is proposed that these resonantly stabilized radicals may play an important role in photochemical processes in Titan ??s atmosphere and the interstellar medium because of the extra stability gained from delocalizing the radical across the neighboring conjugated $\pi$ system.en_US
dc.publisherOhio State Universityen_US

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