Ratio analysis of electron spin echo modulation envelopes in disordered matrices and application to the structure of solvated electrons in 2-methyltetrahydrofuran glass

Tsuneki Ichikawa, Larry Kevan, Michael K. Bowman, S. A. Dikanov, Yu D. Tsvetkov

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Abstract

A new analysis for two pulse and three pulse electron spin echo modulation data is presented which is independent of the echo decay function. The experimental ratios of maxima to minima of the echo modulation curve are compared with simulated ones to obtain the number of interacting nuclei, their distances, and their isotropic coupling by a least squares fit. From the best simulation, the empirical echo decay function can be determined and the original experimental data can be simulated. This new method is applied to new three pulse and old two pulse [L. Kevan et al., J. Chem. Phys. 63, 409 (1975)] electron spin echo data on solvated electrons in 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (MTHF) glass at 77 K. This analysis together with previous second moment data gives a revised model for electron solvation in this matrix based on a statistical orientation of the MTHF ring carbon planes toward the electron. In this statistical configuration model three equivalent MTHF molecules form the first solvation shell with their ring carbon atom planes perpendicular to the electron and oriented statistically. The closest protons are 3.4 A from the electron with a proton hyperfine constant of 0.4 MHz which is equivalent to a deuteron hyperfine constant of 0.06 MHz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1167-1174
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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