Isotope effects in the photofragmentation of symmetric molecules: The branching ratio of OD/OH in water

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Abstract

With HOD initially in its vibrational ground state, we present a new detailed interpretation of the OD/OH branching ratio (similar to 3) in the photoinduced process D+OH H+OD, in the first absorption band. Using semiclassical arguments, we show that the branching ratio has little to do with the initial distribution of configurations, but the initial momentum distribution plays a key role in determination of the branching ratio. The formation of D+OH arises from initial situations where OD is stretching, and it stretches faster than OH, whereas all other motions lead to H+OD. This picture is confirmed by quantum wave-packet calculations. (c) 2005 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume122
Issue number20
Pages (from-to)204320
ISSN0021-9606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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