The photodissociation dynamics of OCS at 288 nm has been investigated using the DC (direct current) slice imaging technique, which is a recently developed high-resolution "slicing" approach that directly measures the central slice of the photofragment distribution in imaging experiments. By analyzing a DC sliced image of S(1D2) photofragments we observe dissociation originating from OCS molecules excited up to v2 = 4 in the molecular beam. The measured translational energy distribution was used to determine the branching ratio for the contribution from each initial bending state (0 v2 0) of OCS and relative photodissociation cross section ratios compared to v2 = 1. Large negative anisotropy parameters determined as a function of the S(1D2) fragment recoil speed indicate that the photodissociation of OCS at 288 nm occurs exclusively from the 11A″(1Σ-) bending excited potential surface that can be accessed through a perpendicular transition.
- DC slicing imaging
- Hot-band excitation