Photodissociation pathways of acetone upon excitation into the 3s Rydberg state: Adiabatic versus diabatic mechanism

Ivana Antol, Mirjana Eckert-Maksić, Milan Ončák, Petr Slavíček, Hans Lischka

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Abstract

Photolysis of acetone upon excitation to the 3s Rydberg excited state has been studied by means of high level ab initio methods. The calculations have been performed on multi-configurational self consistent field (MCSCF) level with a subsequent addition of dynamical correlation both by perturbation theory (CASPT2) and via a configuration interaction expansion up to double excitations (MR-CISD). In addition to the major photoreaction that is well known Norrish type α-cleavage, the formation of hydrogen and acetonyl (1-methyloxy or 2-oxopropyl) radical has been discussed. The major question addressed is whether the dynamical processes occur adiabatically on the S2 surface or diabatically, with non-adiabatic transitions taking place in the course of the reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475-1494
Number of pages20
JournalCollection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications
Volume73
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

Keywords

  • Ab initio calculations
  • Acetone
  • Conical intersections
  • Deactivation mechanisms
  • Norrish cleavage
  • Photochemistry
  • Photolysis
  • Radicals
  • Reaction mechanism

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