Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published in J. Chem. Phys. 132, 094306 (2010). Copyright © 2010 American Institute of Physics. Used by permission.


Total absolute cross sections for the dissociative electron attachment (DEA) process are reported for a series of nonplanar ethylenic and phenylic compounds monosubstituted with (CH2)nCl groups, where n=1–4. Coupling between the local π* molecular orbitals provided by the unsaturated moieties and the σ* (C-Cl) orbital is thus examined as a function of the separation of these groups. In particular, the coupling is viewed from the perspective of the interacting temporary negative ions formed by short lived occupation of these orbitals and their decay into the DEA channel. A theoretical treatment of “remote” bond breaking, presented elsewhere, satisfactorily accounts for DEA in the chloroethylenic compounds presented here and emphasizes not only the delocalization of the coupled anionic wave functions but the importance of their relative phases. The dependence of the cross sections on the vertical attachment energies, measured by electron transmission spectroscopy, is also explored and compared to that found previously in chlorinated alkanes.

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