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Photoelectron Spectroscopy Straightforward evidence for the validity of orbital diagram Konsler 2013
Electron Configuration Is there any direct evidence that this diagram is accurately showing potential energy of electrons on the atom?
Some Available Evidence Atomic Emission Spectra Successive Ionization Photoelectron Spectroscopy The topic is probably best introduced in1 st year Chemistry under Atomic Electronic Structure
Atomic Emission Spectra Atomic emission spectra are evidence that there are specific allowed PE values by showing the energy difference between some of them.
Limitations Differences between PE values, not the values themselves. Ambiguous origin and destination orbitals. Impossible to visually compare PE of orbitals on multiple atoms; large data sets will require many calculations.
Successive Ionization Using successive ionization it is usually possible to determine the number of valence electrons an atom has. This is evidence that our PE diagram is an accurate representation
Limitations Each ionization causes a reorganization of the remaining electrons, meaning the successive ionization is not a measurement of the characteristics of the original atom. We infer there is a relationship between the ions and the parent atom.
Limitations It’s not feasible to do more than 5 successive ionizations, making core electrons (and sometimes even valence electrons) impossible to obtain values for.
Limitations It’s not possible to determine if electrons at the same energy level on the atom have the same PE initially, because we remove them one at a time. As a result, the method is really a support only for n, not the other 3 quantum numbers.
Photoelectron Spectroscopy Atom e-e- E photon = hv KE = mv 2 2 IE electron = E photon - KE Monochromatic Beam of X-Rays Each event happens once for a single atom. This is a quantum event. Since E photon > IE electron for all the electrons on the atom, the electron removed is random and the KE of the electron is a characteristic of that electron as it exists on the atom at the moment of the event.
Dependent Variable (y) Intensity Independent Variable (x) Retarding Voltage of Lens Negatively Charged Hemisphere (Constant V) Negatively Charged Hemisphere (Constant V) Beam of Atoms X-Rays (monochromatic) Electron Detector Electrostatic Lens (Focuses and slows electrons) The intensity is measured as the retarding voltage on the lens is reduced at a constant rate Retarding Voltage is directly proportional to KE electron Electrons scan past detector Electrons ejected
20 MJ/mol10 MJ/mol0 MJ/mol High Ionization Energy Low electron PE Low Ionization Energy High electron PE IE electron = E photon - KE electron Photoelectron Spectroscopy is still limited by E photon. If IE electron is too large, the electron will not be detected. This means that electrons with low values of n on atoms with high value of Z may be off the left hand side of the chart.
20 MJ/mol10 MJ/mol0 MJ/mol High Ionization Energy Low electron PE Low Ionization Energy High electron PE IE electron = E photon - KE electron However, a fluorescence source emits X-Rays with energy of over 1000 eV, several times greater than for successive ionization instrumentation. In addition, core electrons are removed from a neutral atom, requiring less energy.
Photoelectron Spectrum 20 MJ/mol10 MJ/mol0 MJ/mol “Valence Line”: He(1s) = 2.37 MJ/mol Helium possesses the valence electron with the lowest PE of all elements. The measured value for He is 2.37 MJ/mol. Any values observed with greater values (to the left of this line) must be core electrons. Note, d-subshell core electrons will be to the right of this line. Valence
Photoelectron Spectrum 20 MJ/mol10 MJ/mol0 MJ/mol Relative Intensity = 1 Relative Intensity = 2 Since each event removes a random electron from a separate atom, the relative intensity shows the proportion of electrons at that PE.
Photoelectron Spectrum 20 MJ/mol10 MJ/mol0 MJ/mol 19.3 MJ/mol 1.36 MJ/mol 0.80 MJ/mol Valence RI = 2 RI = 1
Photoelectron Spectrum 20 MJ/mol10 MJ/mol0 MJ/mol 19.3 MJ/mol 1.36 MJ/mol 0.80 MJ/mol RI = 2 RI = 1 Analysis: 1)Valence has 2 values: sp 2)RI is 2 to 1 in valence: s 2 p 1 3)Closest core has RI 2 not 6: not p x s 2 p 1 4)s 2 s 2 p 1 must be 1s 2 2s 2 2p 1 Boron (Z=5) 1s 2 2s 2 2p 1
But there aren’t even any instruments! All PES spectra will probably be “simulated” for the following reasons: PES post-dates atomic theory. Most PES is a solid-phase technique. Having so many nearby atoms will cause interference. For example, an electron promoted out of a low lying orbital will leave a vacancy which can be occupied by an outer orbital electron with concomitant production of a photon. If that photon is of high enough energy, it might eject a more easily ionized electron in the same atom or a nearby atom. This will result in the production of background interference and even spurious peaks. As a result, PES spectra derived from solids would be impossible for a non-expert to interpret.
Why do it? Although it requires “simulated spectra” it is superior to other methods we describe in General Chemistry because, even in principle, atomic emission and successive ionization do not provide data which could be used to identify an atom in the context of an exam. At best they would allow a student to choose the most likely among a set of possibilities. Photoelectron spectroscopy allows questions to be written using visual as opposed to tabular data (as is required for successive ionization). Students can be asked to interpret a spectrum but they can also legitimately be asked to draw one. It’s a decently easy grade if you give the axes and requires essentially no “give away” information in the stimulus. Therefore, while the instruments aren’t accessible, understanding the principle allows more thoughtful questions to be asked about electronic structure than were previously possible.