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Title: The Surprising Dynamics of the McLafferty Rearrangement
We report femtosecond time-resolved measurements of the McLa!erty rearrangement following the strong-field tunnel ionization of 2-pentanone, 4-methyl-2-pentanone, and 4,4-dimethyl-2-pentanone. The pump−probe-dependent yields of the McLa!erty product ion are fit to a biexponential function with fast ("100 fs) and slow ("10 ps) time constants, the latter of which is faster for the latter two compounds. Following nearly instantaneous ionization, the fast time scale is associated with rotation of the molecule to a six-membered cyclic intermediate that facilitates transfer of the !-hydrogen, while the "50−100 times longer time scale is associated with a "-bond rearrangement and bond cleavage between the #- and $-carbons to produce the enol cation. These experimental measurements are supported by ab initio molecular dynamics trajectories, which further confirm the time scale of this important stepwise reaction in mass spectrometry.  more » « less
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American Chemical Society
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The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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10088 to 10093
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["Ultrafast laser spectroscopy, bond rearrangement"]
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National Science Foundation
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