The photolysis of aqueous ICN is studied by transient absorption spectroscopy covering the spectral range from 227 to 714 nm with 0.5 ps time resolution. The experimental data show that when ICN(aq) is photolyzed at 266 nm, it dissociates into I and CN and both the I(2P3/2) and I(2P1/2) channels are populated. Approximately half the fragments escape the solvent cage while the remainder recombines within the solvent cage during the first picosecond. The majority of the recombinations form ICN while only a minor fraction produces the metastable INC isomer. INC and ICN relax to the vibrational ground state within 1 ps in good agreement with theoretical estimates based on the golden rule formalism as well as molecular dynamics simulations. Diffusive recombination involving fragments that have escaped the solvent cage further reduces the quantum yield of I and CN to 10% during the following 100 ps. This recombination produces exclusively ICN.

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