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Laser Chemistry
Volume 2, Issue 3-4, Pages 125-135

Consecutive Vibrational Redistribution and Predissociation Processes in s-Tetrazine–Argon Van Der Waals Complexes

Laboratory for Physical Chemistry, University of Amsterdam, Nieuwe Achtergracht 127, Amsterdam 1018 WS, The Netherlands

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s-Tetrazine argon complexes TArn (n = 1, 2) are formed in a supersonic expansion of argon seeded with s-tetrazine. The expansion was conducted through a nozzle of 50 or 100 μm with an argon stagnation pressure between 1 and 1.5 bar. From spectrally resolved measurements it is clear that vibrational redistribution processes as well as vibrational predissociation processes take place after SVL excitation within the complex.

From rise and decay time experiments it can be concluded, that after excitation of the 6a1 complex level, the above mentioned processes are consecutive and not parallel. It appears that the out of plane mode 16a couples with the Van der Waals stretching mode. The predissociation rate of the 16a2 complex is observed to be 2.3 × 109 s−1.