Mass-analyzed threshold ionization and structural isomers of M 3O 4 (M = Sc, Y, and La)

Lu Wu, Changhua Zhang, Serge A. Krasnokutski, Dong Sheng Yang

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M 3O 4 (M Sc, Y, and La) were produced in a pulsed laser-vaporization molecular beam source and studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations. Adiabatic ionization energies (AIEs) of the neutral clusters and vibrational frequencies of the cations were measured accurately for the first time from the MATI spectra. Five possible structural isomers of M 3O 4 were considered in the calculations and spectral analysis. A cage-like structure in C 3v point group was identified as the most stable one. The structure is formed by fusing three M 2O 2 fragments together, each sharing two O-M bonds with others. The ground electronic state of the neutral clusters is 2A 1 with the unpaired electron being largely a metal-based s character. Ionization of the 2A 1 state yields a 1A 1 ion state in a similar geometry to the neutral cluster. The AIEs of the clusters are 4.4556 (6), 4.0586(6), and 3.4750(6) eV for M Sc, Y, and La, respectively. The observed vibrational modes of the cations include metal-oxygen stretching, metal triangle breathing, and oxygen-metal-oxygen rocking in the frequency range of 200-800 cm -1.

Original languageEnglish
Article number084312
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 28 2012

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Funding Information:
We are grateful for the financial support from the National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry (Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms, CHE-1012351). We also acknowledge additional support from the donors of the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society and the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation.

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  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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