Probing the coupling of a dipole-bound electron with a molecular core.


Brown University , Department of Chemistry , 324 Brook Street , Providence , RI 02912 , USA . Email: [Email]


A dipolar molecule can weakly bind an electron in a diffuse orbital. However, the spin-orbit coupling between this weakly bound electron and the electrons in the molecular core is not known. Here we probe this coupling using the linear C2P- anion with the 3Σ+ ground state, which possesses dipole-bound excited states because neutral C2P (2Π) has a sufficiently large dipole moment. Photodetachment spectroscopy and resonant photoelectron spectroscopy are used to probe the nature of the dipole-bound states. Two dipole-bound excited states are observed with a binding energy of 37 cm-1, corresponding to the two spin-orbit states of neutral C2P (2Π1/2 and 2Π3/2). The current study demonstrates that the weakly bound electron in the dipole-bound excited states of C2P- is not spin-coupled to the electrons in the C2P core and can be considered as a quasi-free electron.

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