Experimental investigations of multiphoton selective dissociation of (CH3)2O induced by a pulsed CO2 laser have been conducted. Separation of H, C, and O isotopes was performed in enriched mixtures and in samples with the natural abundance. The following coefficients of selectivity have been obtained:K D/KH=4.0,K 13/K12=1.7, andK 18/K16≧1.6. We studied the dependences of the selectivity coefficient on ether pressure, on the laser energy and frequency as well as the influence of secondary chemical reactions on the dissociation selectivity. Estimations made by using the RRKM theory have indicated that ether molecules that decompose have an average excitation energy above the dissociation threshold of ∼1.5 kcal/mole.
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Vizhin, V.V., Molin, Y.N., Petrov, A.K. et al. Investigations of multiphoton selective dissociation of (CH3)2O in the field of a pulsed CO2 laser. Appl. Phys. 17, 385–391 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00886210