Microwave Spectra, Structure, and Ring-Puckering Vibration of Octafluorocyclopentene. Academic Article uri icon


  • The rotational spectra of octafluorocyclopentene (C5F8) has been measured for the first time using pulsed jet Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy in a frequency range of 6 to 16 GHz. As in the molecule cyclopentene, the carbon ring is nonplanar, and inversion through the plane results in an inversion pair of ground state vibrational energy levels with an inversion splitting of 18.4 MHz. This large amplitude motion leads to the vibration-rotation coupling of energy levels. The symmetric double minimum ring-puckering potential function was calculated, resulting in a barrier of 222 cm-1. The rotational constants A0 = 962.9590(1) MHz, B0 = 885.1643(4) MHz, C0 = 616.9523(4) MHz, A1 = 962.9590(1) MHz, B1 = 885.1643(4) MHz, C1 = 616.9528(4) MHz, and two centrifugal distortion constants for each state were determined for the parent species and all 13C isotopologues. A mixed coordinate molecular structure was determined from a least-squares fit of the ground state rotational constants of the parent and each 13C isotopologue combined with the equilibrium bond lengths and angles from quantum chemical calculations.

published proceedings

  • J Phys Chem A

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Long, B. E., Arsenault, E. A., Obenchain, D. A., Choi, Y. J., Ocola, E. J., Laane, J., Pringle, W. C., & Cooke, S. A.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Long, BE||Arsenault, Eric A||Obenchain, Daniel A||Choi, Yoon Jeong||Ocola, Esther J||Laane, Jaan||Pringle, Wallace C||Cooke, SA

publication date

  • October 2016