- Lowest energy excited singlet state of isolated cis-hexatriene
- Journal of Chemical Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 94 | 10
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
In a previous letter [J. Chem. Phys. 92, 4622 (1990)] we reported the first observation of the 2 1Ag state of cis-hexatriene in a supersonic jet expansion by using resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization spectroscopy. Here, the vibrational analysis of the 1 1Ag2 1Ag excitation spectrum of cis-hexatriene is presented. The excitation spectrum shows that cis-hexatriene in the 2 1Ag state deviates slightly from planarity; a conclusion which is corroborated by ab initio calculations indicating that the nonplanarity primarily involves the terminal hydrogen atoms. Except for observable intensity in the low frequency modes associated with the small out of plane distortion, the vibronic development of the 1 1Ag2 1Ag transition in cis-hexatriene is similar to that observed for other polyenes: the 0-0 transition is the most intense feature and the next most intense band is the CC stretching fundamental. Thus the general features of the electronic structure of the cis-hexatriene 2 1Ag state are analogous to those of other polyenes. The Journal of Chemical Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics.
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