The orientation and alignment of the (2)P(3/2) and (2)P(1/2) Br photofragments from the photodissociation of HBr is measured at 193 nm in terms of a(q) ((k))(p) parameters, using slice imaging. The A (1)Pi state is excited almost exclusively, and the measured a(q) ((k))(p) parameters and the spin-orbit branching ratio show that the dissociation proceeds predominantly via nonadiabatic transitions to the a (3)Pi and 1 (3)Sigma(+) states. Conservation of angular momentum shows that the electrons of the nascent H atom cofragments (recoiling parallel to the photolysis polarization) are highly spin polarized: about 100% for the Br((2)P(1/2)) channel, and 86% for the Br((2)P(3/2)) channel. A similar analysis is demonstrated for the photodissociation of HCl.
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