Vibrational relaxation dynamics of the OH stretch of water at the air/water interface has been a subject of intensive research, facilitated by recent developments in ultrafast interface-selective nonlinear spectroscopy. However, a reliable determination of the vibrational relaxation dynamics in the OD stretch region at the air/D2O interface has not been yet achieved. Here, we report a study of the vibrational relaxation of the free OD carried out by time-resolved heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy. The results obtained with the aid of singular value decomposition analysis indicate that the vibrational relaxation (T1) time of the free OD at the air/D2O interface and air/isotopically diluted water (HOD-H2O) interfaces show no detectable isotopic dilution effect within the experimental error, as in the case of the free OH in the OH stretch region. Thus, it is concluded that the relaxation of the excited free OH/OD predominantly proceeds with their reorientation, negating a major contribution of the intramolecular energy transfer. It is also shown that the T1 time of the free OD is substantially longer than that of the free OH, further supporting the reorientation relaxation mechanism. The large difference in the T1 time between the free OD and the free OH (factor of ∼2) may indicate the nuclear quantum effect on the diffusive reorientation of the free OD/OH because this difference is significantly larger than the value expected for a classical rotational motion.
Ultrafast vibrational dynamics of the free OD at the air/water interface: Negligible isotopic dilution effect but large isotope substitution effect
Note: This paper is part of the JCP Special Topic on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy.
Mohammed Ahmed, Satoshi Nihonyanagi, Tahei Tahara; Ultrafast vibrational dynamics of the free OD at the air/water interface: Negligible isotopic dilution effect but large isotope substitution effect. J. Chem. Phys. 14 June 2022; 156 (22): 224701. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0085320
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