Photodissociation dynamics of pyrimidine

J Chem Phys. 2006 Feb 28;124(8):084303. doi: 10.1063/1.2174011.


Photodissociation of pyrimidine at 193 and 248 nm was investigated separately using vacuum ultraviolet photoionization at 118.4 and 88.6 nm and multimass ion imaging techniques. Six dissociation channels were observed at 193 nm, including C4N2H4 --> C4N2H3 + H and five ring opening dissociation channels, C4N2H4 --> C3NH3 + HCN, C4N2H4 --> 2C2NH2, C4N2H4 --> CH3N + C3NH, C4N2H4 --> C4NH2 + NH2, and C4N2H4 --> CH2N + C3NH2. Only the first four channels were observed at 248 nm. Photofragment translational energy distributions and dissociation rates indicate that dissociation occurs in the ground electronic state after internal conversion at both wavelengths. The dissociation rates were found to be >5 x 10(7) and 1 x 10(6) s(-1) at 193 and 248 nm, respectively. Comparison with the potential energies from ab initio calculations have been made.