Investigation of the ground vibrational state structure of H 35 Cl trimer based on the resolved K , J substructure of the ν 5 vibrational band Academic Article uri icon


  • The high resolution rovibrational IR spectrum of the antisymmetric H 35Cl stretching v5 vibrational band in the (H 35Cl)3 isotopomer of the trimer has been measured with a tunable infrared diode laser supersonic jet spectrometer. One of the most prominent features of the spectrum is a series of strong lines each formed with pP or rR transitions, with resolved K, J substructure developing between two adjacent pP or rR heads. Analyzing the spectrum of (H35Cl)3 as the perpendicular band of an oblate symmetric rovibrator, the following molecular parameters have been obtained: v0-C1 ζ=2809.776 98(6) cm-1, B″=6.804 14(55) × 10-2 cm-1, B′ = 6.859 43(55) × 10-2 cm-1, C′-C″ = 2.737 (78) × 10-4 cm-1, D″JK = 8.40(38) × 10-7 cm-1, D′JK=-8.14(38) ×10-7 cm-1, D″J=4.26(16) ×10-7 cm-1, D′J=4.16(16) ×10-7 cm-1, D″K=4.32(22) ×10-7 cm-1, D′K=4.16(22) ×10-7 cm-1. A relationship among the centrifugal distortion constants establishes that the geometry of (H35Cl) 3 is consistent with a dynamically averaged planar ground vibrational state. The centers of mass of the H35Cl components are separated by 3.693(1) Å in this structure. Ab initio methods were also used to estimate the splitting due to the tunneling motions between clockwise (cw) and counterclockwise (ccw) identical structures. Both theoretical and experimental evidence indicate that the (HCl)3 complex has a planar equilibrium structure with no observable tunneling probability between the cw and ccw forms, thus the molecular symmetry group of the complex is proposed to be C 3h(M). © 1994 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Han, J., Wang, Z., McIntosh, A. L., Lucchese, R. R., & Bevan, J. W.

citation count

  • 18

publication date

  • May 1994