This paper presents the first experimental demonstration of multimode vibronic interference effects arising from the interaction of topologically inequivalent vibrational modes with a two-level electronic degeneracy. The system is that of the E1g molecular ion core of benzene Rydberg states. The interacting modes are the Jahn-Teller active e2g, ring bend, v6, and the Renner, out-of-plane e2u ring bend, v16. The nature of the interaction is seen as a coupling of the angular momenta of the two modes individually to the electronic angular momentum, producing new quantization conditions, within which interference interactions can be approximated perturbatively. Such a treatment explains qualitatively all splitting patterns observed in experimental spectra. Small quantitative deviations point the way to higher order couplings.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry