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Ultrafast [2+2]-cyclo addition in norbornadiene

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Fuß,  Werner
Laser Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Max Planck Society;
Laboratory for Attosecond Physics, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Max Planck Society;

Pushpa,  Kumbil Kutta
Max Planck Society;

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Schmid,  Wolfram E.
Laser Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Max Planck Society;

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Trushin,  Sergei A.
Laboratory for Attosecond Physics, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Max Planck Society;
Laser Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Max Planck Society;

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Fuß, W., Pushpa, K. K., Schmid, W. E., & Trushin, S. A. (2002). Ultrafast [2+2]-cyclo addition in norbornadiene. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 1(1), 60-66. Retrieved from http://www.rsc.org/CFmuscat/intermediate_pubs.cfm?FURL=/ej/PP/2002/b107442c.PDF&TYP=.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-C27D-4
Abstract
Excitation of norbornadiene (bicyclo[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-diene) at 200 nm populates two States in parallel, the second ππ* state and a Rydberg state. We monitored both populations by transient nonresonant ionization. From the ππ* state the molecule relaxes in consecutive steps with time constants 5, 31 and 55 fs down to the ground-state surface, whereas the Rydberg population merges to the other path oil the ππ* surface within 420 fs. The relaxation steps are discussed in terms of conical intersections (Coins) between different surfaces. Information on them is inferred from known spectroscopy and, for the last Coln, from published calculations on Dewar benzene-->prismane conversion and on ethylene photodimerization for which norbornadiene with its two nonconjugated double bonds is a model. The calculation predicts symmetry breaking for this Coln, the two ethylenes forming a rhombus. Although this distortion is hindered in norbornadiene by ring strain, this Coln seems easily accessible as indicated by the short time (<55 fs) found for passing through it.