Deuterium isotope effects on the ultrafast solvent relaxation of formamide and n,n-dimethylformamide

Y. J. Chang, Ed Castner

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We present the results of our study on the ultrafast solvent dynamics of the amides formamide (FA), N-dimethylformamide (DMF), and their deuterated analogs HCOND2 (d2-FA) and DCON(CD3)2 (d7-DMF) us femtosecond optical-heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy (OHD-RIKES). As nearly transform-limited 50 fs optical pulses and the Fourier-transform relationship, we have studied liquid dynamics in the frequency range from 0.6 to 400 cm-1. In comparison to the depolarized Rayle spectroscopy technique. OHD-RIKES is shown to provide more accurate and detailed information about low-frequency region that includes the rotational reorientation, librational and collision-induced dynamic. The effect of deuterium isotope substitution on the inertial as well as diffusive reorientational dynamics these amide liquids is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9712-9722
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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