Single-field slice-imaging with a movable repeller: Photodissociation of N2O from a hot nozzle

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​Single-field slice-imaging with a movable repeller: Photodissociation of N2O from a hot nozzle​
Harding, D. J.; Neugebohren, J.; Gruetter, M.; Schmidt-May, A. F.; Auerbach, D. J.; Kitsopoulos, T. N.   & Wodtke, A. M. ​ (2014) 
The Journal of Chemical Physics141(5) art. 054201​.​ DOI: 

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Harding, Dan J.; Neugebohren, J.; Gruetter, Monika; Schmidt-May, Alice F.; Auerbach, Daniel J.; Kitsopoulos, T. N. ; Wodtke, Alec Michael 
We present a new photo-fragment imaging spectrometer, which employs a movable repeller in a single field imaging geometry. This innovation offers two principal advantages. First, the optimal fields for velocity mapping can easily be achieved even using a large molecular beam diameter (5 mm); the velocity resolution (better than 1%) is sufficient to easily resolve photo-electron recoil in (2 + 1) resonant enhanced multiphoton ionization of N-2 photoproducts from N2O or from molecular beam cooled N-2. Second, rapid changes between spatial imaging, velocity mapping, and slice imaging are straightforward. We demonstrate this technique's utility in a re-investigation of the photodissociation of N2O. Using a hot nozzle, we observe slice images that strongly depend on nozzle temperature. Our data indicate that in our hot nozzle expansion, only pure bending vibrations -(0, nu(2), 0) - are populated, as vibrational excitation in pure stretching or bend-stretch combination modes are quenched via collisional near-resonant V-V energy transfer to the nearly degenerate bending states. We derive vibrationally state resolved absolute absorption cross-sections for (0, nu(2) <= 7, 0). These results agree well with previous work at lower values of v(2), both experimental and theoretical. The dissociation energy of N2O with respect to the O(D-1) + N-2(1) Sigma(+)(g) asymptote was determined to be 3.65 +/- 0.02 eV. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
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