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Dissociation Dynamics of ClONO_2 and Relative Cl and ClO Product Yields following Photoexcitation at 308 nm

Moore, Teresa A. and Okumura, Mitchio and Tagawa, Masahito and Minton, Timothy K. (1995) Dissociation Dynamics of ClONO_2 and Relative Cl and ClO Product Yields following Photoexcitation at 308 nm. Faraday Discussions, 100 . pp. 295-307. ISSN 1359-6640. doi:10.1039/FD9950000295.

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Chlorine nitrate photolysis at 308 nm has been investigated with a molecular beam technique. Two primary decomposition pathways, leading to Cl + NO_3 and ClO + NO_2, were observed. The branching ratio between these two respective channels was determined to be 0.67 ± 0.06 : 0.33 ± 0.06. This ratio is an upper limit because some of the ClO photoproducts may have undergone secondary photodissociation. The angular distributions of the photoproducts with respect to the direction of polarization of the exciting light were anisotropic. The anisotropy parameters were β= 0.5 ± 0.2 for the Cl + NO_3 channel and β= 1.1 ± 0.2 for the ClO + NO_2 channel, indicating that dissociation of ClONO_2 by either pathway occurs within a rotational period. Weak signal at mass-to-charge ratios of 35 and 51, arising from products with laboratory velocities close to the beam velocity, was observed. While this signal could result from statistical dissociation channels with a total relative yield of 0.07 or less, it is more likely attributable to products from ClO secondary photodissociation or from dissociation of clusters.

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Additional Information:© 1995 Royal Society of Chemistry. Received 13th January, 1995. The experiments were performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and were supported by the NASA Upper Atmosphere Research Program under contract NAGW-3893 and by E. I. duPont de Nemours and Co., Inc. We acknowledge support for T.A.M. from a NASA Graduate Research Fellowship and for M.T. from the Murata Overseas Scholarship Foundation.
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