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Published April 15, 1983 | Published
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Photodissociation of partially solvated molecules in beams by the picosecond-jet technique: Hydrogen bond breakage


In this communication we wish to report the measurement of photodissociation rates of jet-cooled solute-solvent complexes in various stages of solvation. The observation of fluorescence decays as a function of excess vibrational energy for isoquinoline (IQ), IQ-(methanol)n, and IQ-(water)n complexes reveals threshold behavior for the decays rates of 1:1 solute-solvent complexes. The thresholds at ~3 kcal/mol provide new information on the breakage of excited state hydrogen bonds.

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© 1983 American Institute of Physics. Received 22 December 1982; accepted 15 February 1983. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation. We thank Professor R. Marcus for enlightening discussions on some of the theoretical aspects. [A.H.Z. was a] Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar. Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, Contribution No, 6768.

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