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The He (I) photoelectron spectra of 2-bicyclo[2.1.l]hexene (1), 2,3-bis(methylene)bicyclo[2.1.l]hexane (3), and 3,4-bis(methylene)tricyclo[3.l.O.0\(^{2.6}\)]hexane (4) have been investigated. The assignment given is based on a ZDO model and semiempirical calculations. Tagether with the PE data of benzvalene (2), the reported data allow a comparison between 1-2 and 3-4. This yields a measure of the interactions between 8 cyclobutane or 8 bicyclobutane moiety and a double bond system within a ZDO model. The resonance integral found in the case of 1 and 3 amounts to -1.9 eV, that for 2 and 4, to -2.3 eV. The investigations furthermore reveal that the electronic factors which contribute to the higher reactivity of the bicyclobutane compounds amount to 5 kcal/mol.

The He I photoelectron (PE) spectra of octavalene (5) as weil as its hydrogenated products 6-8 have been investigated. The assignment given is based on an empirical comparison of 5-8 with related compounds, a ZDO model, and semiempirical and ab initio calculations. Within the ZDO model the interaction between the buta.diene moiety and the bicyclobutane fragment of 5 is described by a resonance integral of -2.3 eV. The orbitalsequence of 5 is found tobe 2a\(_2\) (\(\pi\)-\(\sigma\)), 9a\(_1\) (\(\sigma\)), 3b1 (\(\pi\) - \(\sigma\)), 1a\(_2\) (\(\sigma\) + \(\pi\)), 2b\(_1\) (\(\sigma\) + \(\pi\)).