Decomposition of HI has quantum yield = _______ A. 1 B. 2 C.

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Decomposition of HI has quantum yield = _______

A. 1

B. 2

C. 0

D. 4

This question was addressed to me in an internship interview.

I want to ask this question from Quantum Efficiency topic in section Photochemistry of Engineering Chemistry I

Correct answer is B. 2

Best explanation: HI + hv→ H + I ……………….. Primary reaction                                                                                  H + HI → H2 + I

I + I → I2 …………….. Secondary reaction

Overall reaction: 2HI + hv → H2 + I2                                                                                                                          the overall reaction shows that 2 HI molecules are decomposed by 1 photon. So, quantum yield=2.