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The Excited State Geometry of Conjugated Dienes and Characterization of a Quantum Chain-Transfer Mechanism of Energy Transfer

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Hyndman, Harry Lester (1968) The Excited State Geometry of Conjugated Dienes and Characterization of a Quantum Chain-Transfer Mechanism of Energy Transfer. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/9q2h-7591. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-02092009-090005

Abstract

An investigation has been carried out to determine whether the geometry corresponding to the lowest lying triplet state of conjugated dienes is in the form of a 1, 4-biradical system or an allyl-methylene system (a "1, 2-biradical"). This has been done by measuring the various quantum yields for cis-trans isomerization of these dienes and comparing the results with certain previously conceived empirical standards and to the criteria imposed by the proposed mechanism.

During the course of this investigation, a novel and very interesting phenomenon was uncovered. It appears that a quantum-chain mechanism, heretofore unreported for this type of system, is in operation in at least the early stages of the photoisomerization process. Characterization of such a mechanism and the chain propagating species has been carried out.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Chemistry
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Hammond, George Simms
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:7 November 1967
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-02092009-090005
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-02092009-090005
DOI:10.7907/9q2h-7591
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ID Code:581
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
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Deposited On:11 Feb 2009
Last Modified:19 Apr 2021 22:37

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