We studied the vibrational dynamics of the OH-stretch oscillators of an alcohol with two vicinal OH groups using femtosecond midinfrared pump-probe spectroscopy. The absorption spectrum of pinacol (2,3-dimethyl-2,3-butanediol) in CDCl3 shows two OH-stretch peaks belonging to hydrogen bonded and free OH groups. The anharmonicities of the hydrogen-bonded and free OH-stretch vibrations are 180 and 160 cm-1, respectively. The lifetime T1 of the OH-stretch vibration is found to be 3.5 ± 0.4 ps for the hydrogen bonded and 7.4±0.5 ps for the free OH group. We observed sidebands in the transient spectra after excitation of the bonded OH group, which we attribute to a progression in a low-frequency hydrogen-bond mode. The sideband is redshifted 60 cm-1 with respect to the 0 -->1 transition. Due to the coupling between the two OH groups and the presence of the sidebands, simultaneous excitation of both OH-stretch vibrations leads to oscillations on the pump-probe signal with frequencies of40 and 60 cm-1.

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Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Lock, A.J, Gilijamse, J.J, Woutersen, S, & Bakker, H.J. (2004). Vibrational relaxation and coupling of two OH-stretch oscillators with an intramolecular hydrogen-bond. J. Chem. Phys., 120, 2351–2358. doi:10.1063/1.1637576