MICHAEL L. HAUSE, Y. HEIDI YOON, AMANDA S. CASE, F. FLEMING CRIM, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706.

The UV photochemistry of phenol involves the three lowest electronic states S0, S1(1 pi pi*), and S2(1 pi sigma*). The UV absorption spectrum of phenol is dominated by the S1-S0( pi* leftarrow pi) transition. Accessing the S1(1 pi pi*) alone does not result in phenol dissociation. Rather, coupling the first excited state with the dissociative S2(1 pi sigma*) state allows formation of phenoxyl and hydrogen atom products. Theoretical studies conducted by Lan, et. al. predict that the S2(1 pi sigma*) state cuts through both the first excited and ground state of phenol. These two curve crossings become conical intersections along the O-H stretching coordinate in planar geometries. The S0/S2 conical intersection determines the branching between the ground and excited state phenoxyl products, where the ground electronic state correlates to excited state phenoxyl fragments and S2 correlates to ground state phenoxyl fragments. Initial vibrational excitation can affect how molecules access or avoid conical intersections, as exhibited by our group's previous ammonia studies. Given the theoretical work by Lan et. al. , we expect initial O-H vibrational excitation to result in less ground state products. Using velocity map ion imaging, we measure kinetic energy distributions and angular distributions of these vibrationally mediated experiments. Dynamical effects of other vibrations of phenol will also be studied.