Active vibrations of indene cation studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization spectroscopy
We applied the resonant two-photon mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) technique to cation spectra of indene by ionizing via eight different intermediate vibronic levels. The adiabatic ionization energy was determined to be 65 721 ± 5 cm−1. Most of the pronounced MATI bands result from the active vibrations involving in-plane ring deformation motions of the indene cation. Analysis of these MATI spectra suggests that the molecular geometry of the indene cation in the ground D0 state resembles that of neutral species in the electronically excited S1 state.
► We applied the mass-analyzed threshold ionization technique to record the cation spectra of indene via intermediate eight vibronic levels. ► Most of the observed active cation vibrations result from in-plane ring deformations. ► The results suggest that the geometry, symmetry, and vibrational coordinates of the cation in the D0 state resemble those of the neutral species in the S1 state.
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volume 220, Issues 2–3, 20 May 2011, Pages 139–144