Photodissociation dynamics of Fe(CO)5: Excited state lifetimes and energy disposal

Robert L. Whetten, Ke Jian Fu, Edward R. Grant

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By examining the competition between fragmentation and photoionization of selectively photoexcited Fe(CO)5 in a pulsed jet, we have been able to estimate wavelength dependent upper limits for excited state lifetimes. These range from 0.6 to 1.0 ps over the region from 290 to 310 nm. The nascent CO produced by this dissociation and subsequent multiple fragmentation is detected with rovibronic specificity by two-photon resonant four-photon ionization. Results on dynamics and lifetimes favor a dissociation model involving an unbound lowest ligand field state densely mixed with higher-lying ligand-field and charge transfer states. We also report the observation of highly efficient ion-molecule fragmentation reactions of Fe(II) with cold Fe(CO)5, in which fragmentation branching ratios depend critically on the Fe(II) states produced by preceding resonance-enhanced two-photon ionization of free Fe atoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4899-4911
Number of pages13
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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