Velocity map imaging of OH radical products from IR activated (CH3)2COO Criegee intermediates.

The Journal of chemical physics

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Li H, Kidwell NM, Wang X, Bowman JM, Lester MI. Velocity map imaging of OH radical products from IR activated (CH3)2COO Criegee intermediates. J Chem Phys. 2016;145(10):104307.
The unimolecular dissociation dynamics of the dimethyl-substituted Criegee intermediate (CH3)2COO is examined experimentally using velocity map imaging to ascertain the translational and internal energy distributions of the OH and H2CC(CH3)O radical products. The energy profile of key features along the reaction coordinate is also evaluated theoretically. Unimolecular decay of (CH3)2COO is initiated by vibrational activation in the CH stretch overtone region and the resultant OH X(2)?3/2 (v = 0) products are state-selectively ionized and imaged. ANALYSIS
reveals an isotropic spatial distribution, indicative of a 3 ps lower limit for the timescale of dissociation, and a broad and unstructured total kinetic energy release distribution.The energy released to products is partitioned principally as internal excitation of the H2CC(CH3)O fragments with modest translational excitation of the fragments and a small degree of OH rotational excitation. The total kinetic energy release distribution observed for (CH3)2COO is compared with that predicted for statistical partitioning over product quantum states, and contrasted with recent experimental and quasi-classical trajectory results for syn-CH3CHOO [N. M. Kidwell et al. , Nat. Chem. 8, 509 (2016)].