Oscillation of Branching Ratios Between the D(2s)+D(1s) and the D(2p)+D(1s) Channels in Direct Photodissociation of D2
AbstractThe direct photodissociation of D2 at excitation energies above 14.76 eV occurs via two channels, D(2s)+D(1s) and D(2p)+D(1s). The branching ratios between the two have been measured from the dissociation threshold to 3200 cm−1 above it, and it is found that they show cosine oscillations as a function of the fragment wave vector magnitudes. The oscillation is due to an interference effect and can be simulated using the phase difference between the wave functions of the two channels, analogous to Young’s double-slit experiment. By fitting the measured branching ratios, we have determined the depths and widths of the effective spherical potential wells related to the two channels, which are in agreement with the effective depths and widths of the ab initio interaction potentials. The results of this Letter illustrate the importance of the relative phase between the fragments in controlling the branching ratios of the photodissociation channels.