S2(a1Δ) production in the reaction of S1D atoms with COS: Spectroscopy and dynamics

R. C. Richter, A. R. Rosendahl, A. J. Hynes, E. P.F. Lee

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The reaction S(1D)+COS(X1Σ+)→S2(a 1Δ)+CO(X1Σ+) has been studied using pulsed photolytic production of S(1D) together with laser-induced fluorescence detection of S2(a1Δ). S(1D) was produced by 212.8 nm (Nd:YAG fifth harmonic) photolysis of OCS. The nascent S2(a1Δ) product has been observed under single collision conditions. Rotational and vibrational population distributions for excited S2(a1Δ) have been obtained. The observed vibrational distribution was analyzed using surprisal analysis and was found to be much colder than predicted by purely statistical arguments, although it extends to at least v=6. A rotational population distribution was obtained for v=2 of the S2(a1Δ) state. It shows a maximum around J=45, which is hotter than thermal but much colder than the statistical prediction. Resolved emission experiments were performed to verify calculated Franck-Condon factors for the S2f1Δ-a1Δ transition. Ab initio calculations suggest several possible routes leading from reactants to products in the singlet reaction channel but predict significant reaction barriers for the triplet channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8876-8886
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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