Photodecomposition of ketene to form methylene

Harold Basch

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    Correlation curves for a least motion departure path of methylene in the photocomposition of ketene are interpreted in terms of least energy paths. It is concluded that the first excited triplet state of ketene can probably form 3CH2(3B2) and 1CH2(1A1) relatively rapidly and the first excited singlet state can give 3CH2(3B2) easily in a near least motion path. However, the formation of 1CH2(1A1) from the first excited singlet state of ketene by a near-least motion path appears to be highly improbable.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)151-160
    Number of pages10
    JournalTheoretica Chimica Acta
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 1973


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