Coherent and incoherent orientation and alignment of ICN photoproducts

Matthew L. Costen, Gregory E. Hall

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We report extended measurements of the rotational polarization and correlated angular distribution of CN photofragments from ICN photodissociation, with a particular emphasis on the creation and detection of molecular orientation with circularly-polarized light. Doppler profiles of the nascent photoproducts are measured by Frequency-Modulated (FM) transient absorption, and the resulting high signal-to-noise data are valuable for verifying the form of the angular correlations between the recoil velocity, the photofragment rotational angular momentum, and the space-fixed frame defined by the dissociation polarization. A space-fixed bipolar moment notation can be used for an unambiguous characterization of the maximal set of polarization properties that can be created with one-photon excitation and detected with one-photon Doppler-resolved absorption spectroscopy. Relating the observed polarization moments to the various coherent and incoherent, adiabatic and non-adiabatic mechanisms, that have been derived and verified extensively in the case of diatomic photodissociation to polarized atomic fragments, is not unambiguous in the case of diatomic fragments from triatomic precursors. Constraints among various polarization moments confirmed in the case of diatomic dissociation are not confirmed in this triatomic case, where the perpendicular transitions to non-degenerate A' and A? components of a linear O = 1 state are qualitatively different from excitation to degenerate O = ±1 states in a diatomic molecule. © the Owner Societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-287
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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