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Infrared spectroscopy of rovibrational transitions of methyl radicals (CH3, CD3) in solid parahydrogen

TitleInfrared spectroscopy of rovibrational transitions of methyl radicals (CH3, CD3) in solid parahydrogen
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHoshina, H, Fushitani, M, Momose, T
JournalJOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY
Volume268
Pagination164-172
Date PublishedJUL-AUG
ISSN0022-2852
Abstract

The v(3) and v(4) vibrational transitions of CH3 and CD3 isolated in solid parahydrogen were studied by high-resolution infrared spectroscopy. The radicals were produced by in situ UV photolysis of methyl iodides trapped in solid parahydrogen. The observed spectra showed clear rotational fine structures, which were subjected to further splitting due to the electrostatic field of solid parahydrogen. The molecular constants and crystal field parameters of the radicals in solid parahydrogen were determined by analyzing the spectral structures of the v(3) and 54 transitions of CD3 by the crystal field theory. The rotational constants of the CD3 radical were found to be only a few percent smaller than those in the gas phase. The determined crystal field parameters indicated significant quantum effects in the intermolecular interactions between the radicals and hydrogen molecules in solid parahydrogen. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.jms.2011.04.014