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Excited state reactions of metals in clusters: Pluridimensional harpoon and solvation effects

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Excited state reactions of metals produce electronically excited products efficiently, as revealed by studies performed both in the gas phase and in free Van der Waals complexes. The reaction mechanism is assigned to an excited state charge transfer from the metal to the molecular reactant (i.e. a harpoon mechanism). The present work uses the well established cluster isolated chemical reaction (CICR) technique and addresses these processes when the metal···molecule Van der Waals pair is deposited at the surface of a large argon cluster. Such work is aimed at investigating the effect of the cluster substrate on the preparation and dynamics of the reaction. We have revisited the pluridimensional character of the harpoon reaction in these systems. More specifically, we studied the reaction of excited calcium with HBr near the calcium resonance line at 422.7 nm, forming CaBr in the A and B states. As in previous Van der Waals experiments, we could explore the dynamics of the reaction by recording action spectra. These spectra exhibit noticeable differences from those observed for unsupported Ca···HBr complexes. In particular the bending movement of the Ca···HBr complex which gives access to the transition state of the reaction is partly hindered by the presence of the argon cluster.

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The article was received on 17 Oct 2000 and first published on 04 Jun 2001

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B008414J
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2001,118, 209-219

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    Excited state reactions of metals in clusters: Pluridimensional harpoon and solvation effects

    M. Briant, M. A. Gaveau, P. R. Fournier, J. M. Mestdagh, J. P. Visticot and B. Soep, Faraday Discuss., 2001, 118, 209
    DOI: 10.1039/B008414J

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