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Quantum dynamics study of the competing ultrafast intersystem crossing and internal conversion in the "channel 3" region of benzene

Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy can obtain detailed information about the dynamics of a chemical process on the femtosecond timescale. The resulting signal from such detailed experiments is often difficult to analyze and therefore theoretical calculations are important in providing support. In this paper we continue our work on the competing pathways in the photophysics and photochemistry of benzene after excitation into the "channel 3" region [R.S. Minns, D.S.N. Parker, T.J. Penfold, G.A. Worth, and H.H. Fielding, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, 15607 (2010)] with details of the calculations shown previously, building on a vibronic coupling Hamiltonian [T.J. Penfold and G.A. Worth, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 064303 (2009)] to include the triplet manifold. New experimental data are also presented suggesting that an oscillatory signal is due to a hot band excitation. The experiments show that signals are obtained from three regions of the potential surfaces, three open channels, which are assigned with the help of simulations showing that following excitation into vibrationally excited-states of S-1 the wavepacket not only crosses through the prefulvenoid conical intersection back to the singlet ground state, but also undergoes ultrafast intersystem crossing to low lying triplet states. The model is, however, not detailed enough to capture the full details of the oscillatory signal due to the hot band. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. []


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