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The degree of vibrational excitation in the IBr fragment from the vibrational predissociation of NeIBr (A (3)PI(1)) has been measured using two-color pump-probe laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy. We find that for the lowest initial vibrational states examined, DELTA-upsilon = -1 dissociation pathways dominate the dynamics, while this channel is closed for upsilon greater-than-or-equal-to 17. From this result, the A state binding energy (D0) of the complex is determined to be 67 +/- 4 cm-1, while that in the X electronic state is found to be 73 +/- 4 cm-1. The X state binding energy is identical to that for NeI2 and NeBr2, suggesting that the potential energy surface for NeIBr can be constructed from a summation of atom-atom pair potentials; we present such a model potential energy surface. The variations in the vibrational branching ratios, when combined with the trends in the predissociation rates, point to the importance of fragment rotational excitation in the dynamics of the dissociation.


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