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Picosecond infrared study of vibrational-dependent electron transfer rates
Author(s): Kenneth G. Spears; Steven M. Arrivo; Xianoning Wen
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Paper Abstract

Photoinduced electron transfer and thermal back electron transfer in the inorganic donor- acceptor contact ion-pair {Cp2Co+Co(CO)4-} have been observed in solution with picosecond time-resolved infrared absorption spectroscopy. Optical excitation of a charge transfer band created by cobalt interaction causes an immediate electron transfer to form a neutral pair, and the spontaneous return electron transfer is followed by monitoring the CO stretching frequencies of the Co(CO)4- and Co(CO)4 molecules. We have observed the back electron transfer decay for up to 3 quanta of the CO stretching mode in the neutral pair for dichloromethane solvent. The arrival kinetics into the ion pair and ion pair vibrational relaxation rates for final return to the vibrationless level have been studied for up to 4 quanta of vibration. These are the first measurements of an electron transfer process with vibrational resolution, and comparison to models is in progress.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2138, Longer Wavelength Lasers and Applications, (27 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.181344
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth G. Spears, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Steven M. Arrivo, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Xianoning Wen, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2138:
Longer Wavelength Lasers and Applications
Gabor Patonay, Editor(s)

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