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Pericyclic photochemical ring-opening reactions are complete in picoseconds: a time-resolved UV resonance Raman study
Author(s): Philip J. Reid; Stephen J. Doig; Richard A. Mathies
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Paper Abstract

The kinetics of the photochemical ring openings of 1,3-cyclohexadiene (CHD), 1,3,5- cyclooctatriene (COT) and ((alpha) -PHE) were determined by picosecond, time-resolved UV resonance Raman spectroscopy. The time evolution of the photoproduct ethylenic intensity demonstrates that the photolysis of CHD produces ground state cis-hexatriene in 8 +/- 1 ps. Similarly, the photoproducts of COT and (alpha) -PHE appear in 12 +/- 2 ps and 11 +/- 2 ps, respectively. The similar ground state photoproduct formation times of these reactions indicates that the $OM10 ps timescale is a general feature of photochemical electrocyclic ring-opening reactions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1432, Biomolecular Spectroscopy II, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44217
Show Author Affiliations
Philip J. Reid, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Stephen J. Doig, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Richard A. Mathies, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1432:
Biomolecular Spectroscopy II
Robert R. Birge; Laurence A. Nafie, Editor(s)

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