CRASY: correlated rotational alignment spectroscopy of pyridine. The rotational Raman spectrum of pyridine and asymmetric fragmentation of pyridine dimer cations†
We investigated the rotational Raman spectrum of pyridine monomers and pyridine dimers with mass-correlated rotational alignment spectroscopy (mass-CRASY) and ab initio calculations. The mass spectrum showed a strong signal for the protonated pyridine cation, which we assigned to asymmetric fragmentation of the dimer: ab initio calculations revealed facile proton transfer in the dimer cation and thermodynamically favorable asymmetric fragmentation. In the rotational spectrum correlated to the monomer mass channel, we assigned up to 40 lines for rotational states J ≤ 8. No spectrum could be assigned for the dimer, possibly due to the theoretically predicted presence of multiple dimer structures.