On the stability of a dipole-bound state in the presence of a molecule†
Dipole-bound states (DBSs) are diffuse non-valence molecular orbitals of anions where the electron is bound by the permanent dipole moment of the neutral core. Here, an experimental study of the stability of such orbitals under the influence of a perturbing molecular alkyl chain is presented. Photodetachment action and photoelectron imaging spectroscopy of five para-substituted phenolate anions with progressively longer alkyl chains show that the DBS survives in all cases, suggesting that the perturbation of the orbital is not critical to the existence of the DBS.
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