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A study of the valence shell electronic structure of uracil and the methyluracils
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
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2008 (English)In: Chemical Physics, ISSN 0301-0104, Vol. 353, no 1-3, 47-58 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The valence shell photoelectron spectra of uracil, 1-methyluracil and 6-methyluracil have been studied experimentally and theoretically. Synchrotron radiation has been used to record spectra at photon energies of 40 and 80 eV. Photoelectron angular distributions have been determined and these provide an experimental means of distinguishing between sigma- and pi-type orbitals. Vertical ionization energies and spectral intensities have been evaluated using the many-body Green's function approach, thereby enabling theoretical photoelectron spectra to be derived. The calculated spectra display a satisfactory agreement with the experimental data and this has allowed most of the photoelectron bands to be assigned. Two of the outer-valence vertical ionization energies are similar to one another and the vibrational progressions associated with these transitions overlap strongly. Vibronic interaction between these states, induced through the excitation of out-of-plane vibrational modes, may lead to nonadiabatic effects. Preliminary theoretical investigation of this interaction has been performed.

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2008. Vol. 353, no 1-3, 47-58 p.
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Uracil, Methyluracil, Electronic structure, Photoelectron spectrum, Green's function approach, Vibronic interaction
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-107038DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2008.07.022ISI: 000261134700007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-107038DiVA: diva2:227591
Available from: 2009-07-15 Created: 2009-07-15 Last updated: 2009-07-15Bibliographically approved

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