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Resonance Raman studies of simple fluorinated compounds: trifluoromethyliodide and hexafluorobutadiene
Author(s): Bruce S. Hudson; Mary S. C. Foley; John Paul Chan; M. Z. Zgierski
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Paper Abstract

Fluorine substitution can have a major effect on the electronic spectra and sometimes on the ground electronic state conformations of organic compounds. In this work we investigate the effect of perfluorination on the resonance Raman spectra of the simple diene, hexafluorobutadiene where the preferred ground state geometry is believed to be skew s-cis. A detailed comparison of theory with experiment is possible and excellent agreement is observed. In an ongoing study, we investigate the effect of fluorination on the photodissociation dynamics of methyliodide by investigation of CF3I. The activity of the CH3 umbrella mode observed in the resonance Raman spectrum of CH3I obtained in resonance with the dissociative A state is attributed to a change in the geometry from pyramidal to planar as the C-I bond elongates. This should not be observed in the case of CF3I since CF3 is pyramidal. The consequences of this fluorine effect on the photodissociation product as revealed in the resonance Raman spectrum are investigated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2548, Laser Techniques for State-Selected and State-to-State Chemistry III, (18 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.220854
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce S. Hudson, Univ. of Oregon (United States)
Mary S. C. Foley, Univ. of Oregon (United States)
John Paul Chan, Univ. of Oregon (United States)
M. Z. Zgierski, National Research Council Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2548:
Laser Techniques for State-Selected and State-to-State Chemistry III
John W. Hepburn, Editor(s)

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