On the ultrafast photo-induced dynamics of α-terpinene

Gao Y, Pemberton CC, Zhang Y, Weber PM
The journal of chemical physics, 2016


The ultrafast relaxation pathway of α-terpinene was studied by photoionization-photoelectron spectroscopy for a range of excitation conditions. Time-resolved spectra were obtained upon optical excitation with ultrashort laser pulses at 5.56 eV, 4.96 eV, 4.76 eV, and 4.56 eV, followed by ionization with 3.06 eV pulses. The experiments yielded spectra of the initially excited state, which decays with a time constant of 66 fs, independent of the excitation wavelength. We also observed a sequential series ofRydberg peaks, including the s, p, and d states with n = 3–6, which capture the travel times on the ensuingreaction path. There is no statistically significant dependence of the travel time on the excitation energy. A comparison of the time-dependent signals with those of the un-substituted parent molecule, 1,3-cyclohexadiene, shows that the substituents on α-terpinene slow the reaction down by a factor of about 2.


Gao Y, Pemberton CC, Zhang Y, et al. On the ultrafast photo-induced dynamics of α-terpinene. The journal of chemical physics. 2016;144:194303.

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