Laser-induced fluorescence and vibrational relaxation of the phenyl nitrene radical

Graham Hancock*, Kenneth G. McKendrick

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Laser-induced fluorescence (l.i.f.) of the phenyl nitrene (PhN) radical has been observed in the wavelength region 360-370 nm following its production by infrared multiple-photon dissociation of phenyl isocyanate. The transition probes the ground 3A2 state of the species: the upper 3B1 level has a radiative lifetime of 45 ± 3 ns. Ground-state PhN is born vibrationally hot, and collisional relaxation has been studied in the presence of nine added gases, with the efficiencies of the processes depending upon long-range attractive forces between the colliding species. The dissociation process is compared with that of benzylamine, with l.i.f. detection of the 2A2-2B2 transition in the benzyl radical. An upper limit is proposed for the internal energy content of the PhN radical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2011-2024
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 2: Molecular and Chemical Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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