Ultrafast dynamics of small clusters on the time scale of nuclear motion

Michael Hartmann, Andreas Heidenreich, Jiří Pittner, Vlasta Bonačić-Koutecký, Joshua Jortner*

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We present a theoretical study of the multistate dynamics of the Ag3-/Ag3/Ag3+ system on the time scale of nuclear motion, as explored by femtosecond pump - probe negative ion-to neutral-to positive ion (NENEPO) spectroscopy. The dynamics of the Ag3 cluster initiated from its linear transition state involves configurational relaxation, intracluster collision, and onset of IVR, resonant and dissipative IVR and vibrational equilibration, whose time scales were determined. Our analysis reveals that theory is essential for the elucidation of the rich dynamic information regarding geometrical change, completion of IVR, and vibrational coherence effects in the NENEPO femtosecond signals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4069-4074
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number23
StatePublished - 4 Jun 1998


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