Threshold behavior in metastable dissociation of multi-photon ionized thymine and uracil

Pandey, R.; Ryszka, M.; da Fonseca Cunha, T.; Lalande, M.; Dampc, M.; Limão-Vieira, P.; Mason, N.J.; Poully, J.C. and Eden, S. (2017). Threshold behavior in metastable dissociation of multi-photon ionized thymine and uracil. Chemical Physics Letters, 684 pp. 233–238.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2017.06.051

Abstract

Microsecond-timescale HNCO loss has been observed from single-color multi-photon ionized pyrimidine nucleobases in the gas phase. Photon energy thresholds for the metastable channels have been measured at 5.55 ± 0.02 eV for thymine and 5.57 ± 0.02 eV for uracil. We argue that these results can be attributed to accessing the molecules’ S1 states with additional vibrational energy matching the threshold energy for HNCO loss from the radical cation. Combined with previous photoionization energies, this enables the S1 adiabatic energies to be deduced: 3.67 ± 0.07 eV for thymine and 3.77 ± 0.07 eV for uracil. These values are consistent with recent calculations.

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