Frequency-modulation transient absorption spectrum of the HCCl à 1A″(0,0,0)←X̃ 1A′(0,0,0) transition

Bor Chen Chang, Trevor J. Sears

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The rotationally resolved spectrum of the HCCl à 1A″ (0,0,0)←X̃ 1A′(0,0,0) transition between 12 230 and 12 410 cm-1 was obtained for the first time at Doppler-limited resolution using a frequency-modulation (FM) transient absorption technique. Five major subbands (Ka=0→1, 1←0, 1←2, 2←1, and 2←3) of HC35Cl and one subband (Ka=0←1) of HC37Cl were observed and assigned. In addition, the forbidden subband (Ka=0←0) of HC35Cl was also observed. Thus far, we have assigned most (more than 70%) of the strong lines. The analysis of these subbands determines the geometry for the HCCl Ã(0,0,0) level: 〈HCCl=134.7° and RC-Cl=1.623 Å while RC-H is fixed at the corresponding value of CH2. The height of the barrier to linearity was found to be approximately 2170 cm-1 above the vibrationless level of the à state. The rotational structure of this spectrum shows irregular perturbations. Both random and J-dependent (anomalous K-type doubling) effects were observed. As in methylene, the perturbations most likely arise from Renner-Teller effect between the two singlet states in combination with spin-orbit coupling between the singlet and triplet states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6347-6353
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - 1995


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