Matrix-isolation investigation of the diatomic anion radicals of aluminum and gallium (Al2- and Ga2-) An electron spin resonance and ab initio theoretical study
Stowe, A. C.; Kaup, J. G.; Knight, L. B.; Davis, J. R.; McKinley, A. J. Matrix-isolation investigation of the diatomic anion radicals of aluminum and gallium (Al2- and Ga2-) An electron spin resonance and ab initio theoretical study. J. Chem. Phys. 2001, 115, 4632-4632.
The diatomic aluminum and gallium anion radicals ( Al 2 âˆ’ and Ga 2 âˆ’ ) have been studied by electron spin resonance(ESR) as isolated ions in neon matrices near 4 K. Apparently no previous examples of purely metallic anions have been studied by the rare gas matrix isolation trapping technique with any type of spectroscopic method. Pulsed laser ablation of the metals was the experimental generation method which has enabled the first direct characterization of the ground electronic states of these anions. The Xâ€Š 4 Î£ assignment agrees with previous interpretations of photoelectron spectroscopic results. The analysis of fine structure and nuclear hyperfineinteractions has yielded a detailed description of the electronic structure in these seven-valence electron anion radicals, with comparisons to other isovalent Xâ€Š 4 Î£ radicals presented. Experimental values of the nuclear hyperfineinteractions (A tensors) were compared with theoretical results obtained from various ab initio computational methods, including configuration interaction and density functional theory. Reasonable agreement between these experimental results and theoretical predictions was observed.
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