Relaxation dynamics following transition of solvated electrons

R. B. Barnett*, Uzi Landman, Abraham Nitzan

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Relaxation dynamics following an electronic transition of an excess solvated electron in clusters and in bulk water is studied using an adiabatic simulation method. In this method the solvent evolves classically and the electron is constrained to a specified state. The coupling between the solvent and the excess electron is evaluated via the quantum expectation value of the electron-water molecule interaction potential. The relaxation following excitation (or deexcitation) is characterized by two time scales: (i) a very fast (∼20-30 fs) one associated with molecular rotations in the first solvation shell about the electron, and (ii) a slower stage (∼200 fs), which is of the order of the longitudinal dielectric relaxation time. The fast relaxation stage exhibits an isotope effect. The spectroscopical consequences of the relaxation dynamics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4413-4422
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1989


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