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Spectroscopy of highly excited vibrational states of HCN in its ground electronic state

Martinez, R.Z. , Lehmann, K.K. and Carter, S. (2004) Spectroscopy of highly excited vibrational states of HCN in its ground electronic state. Journal of Chemical Physics, 120 (2). pp. 691-703. ISSN 0021-9606

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1063/1.1631253

Abstract/Summary

An experimental technique based on a scheme of vibrationally mediated photodissociation has been developed and applied to the spectroscopic study of highly excited vibrational states in HCN, with energies between 29 000 and 30 000 cm(-1). The technique consists of four sequential steps: in the first one, a high power laser is used to vibrationally excite the sample to an intermediate state, typically (0,0,4), the nu(3) mode being approximately equivalent to the C-H stretching vibration. Then a second laser is used to search for transitions between this intermediate state and highly vibrationally excited states. When one of these transitions is found, HCN molecules are transferred to a highly excited vibrational state. Third, a ultraviolet laser photodissociates the highly excited molecules to produce H and CN radicals in its A (2)Pi electronic state. Finally, a fourth laser (probe) detects the presence of the CN(A) photofragments by means of an A-->B-->X laser induced fluorescence scheme. The spectra obtained with this technique, consisting of several rotationally resolved vibrational bands, have been analyzed. The positions and rotational parameters of the states observed are presented and compared with the results of a state-of-the-art variational calculation. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:11465
Uncontrolled Keywords:POTENTIAL-ENERGY FUNCTIONS, FOURIER-TRANSFORM SPECTRA, MEDIATED PHOTODISSOCIATION, VARIATIONAL CALCULATIONS, OVERTONE TRANSITIONS, INFRARED-SPECTRA, HIGH-TEMPERATURE, ABSORPTION-SPECTROSCOPY, EQUILIBRIUM STRUCTURE, HYDROGEN ISOCYANIDE

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