Isotope effects in dipole-bound anions of acetone

Nathan I. Hammer, Robert N. Compton, Ludwik Adamowicz, Stepan G. Stepanian

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Precision measurements using the Rydberg charge-exchange and electric field-detachment methods find that the dipole-bound electron affinity (EA) of acetone (C3H6O) is 55 ± 10 μeV greater than for deuterated acetone (C3D6O). The result agrees well with a theoretical prediction obtained with high-level electronic-structure and anharmonic vibrational calculations. The dipole moments calculated for the vibrationally averaged structures of C3H6O and C 3D6O show that the isotope effect (2% reduction) on the EA of acetone is mainly due to a slight reduction (0.5%) of the average dipole moment upon deuteration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number153004
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 22 2005

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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