dc.creator Wu, Lu en_US dc.creator Dangi, Beni en_US dc.creator Rounjane, Mourad en_US dc.creator Yang, Dong-Sheng en_US dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-09T19:41:43Z dc.date.available 2012-07-09T19:41:43Z dc.date.issued 2012 en_US dc.identifier 2012-WJ-03 en_US dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/52542 dc.description Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0055 en_US dc.description.abstract M$_2$O$_2$ ( M = Ce and Pr) is produced in a pulsed laser-vaporization metal-cluster source and studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy. From the MATI spectra, the adiabatic ionization energy is determined to be 37300(5) cm$^{-1}$ for Ce$_{2}$O$_{2}$, and 37885 (5) cm$^{-1}$ for Pr$_{2}$O$_{2}$. Like group 3 transition metal M$_{2}$O$_{2}$ (M=Sc, Y, and La) clusters we reported previously, these lanthanide clusters have a D$_{2h}$ planer structure and the vibrational modes observed are from the in-plane motions. However, the ground and other low-energy electronic states of the lanthanide oxides have a much higher electron spin multiplicity due to the existence of 4f electrons in the Ce and Pr atoms. The 4f electron of Ce atom has significantly lower energies than the 5d or 6s electrons and remain uncoupled in Ce$_{2}$O$_{2}$. On the other hand, the energy differences between the 4f and 5d/6s electrons of Pr atom are relatively small, and a 4f $\rightarrow$ 5d electron promotion is required in the formation of Pr$_{2}$O$_{2}$. The electronic transitions responsible for the observed MATI spectra are tentatively determined to be $^4B_{1u} \leftarrow$ $^5A_{g}$ for Ce$_{2}$O$_{2}$ and $^6B_{1u} \leftarrow$ $^7B_{2g}$ and $^6B_{1u} \leftarrow$ $^5B_{1u}$ for Pr$_{2}$O$_{2}$. en_US dc.language.iso en en_US dc.publisher Ohio State University en_US dc.title MASS-ANALYZED THRESHOLD IONIZATION OF M$_2$O$_2$ ( M = Ce and Pr) en_US dc.type Article en_US dc.type Image en_US dc.type Presentation en_US
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