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Nuclear spin conversion of methane in solid parahydrogen

TitleNuclear spin conversion of methane in solid parahydrogen
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMiyamoto, Y, Fushitani, M, Ando, D, Momose, T
Date PublishedMAR 21

The nuclear spin conversion of CH(4) and CD(4) isolated in solid parahydrogen was investigated by high resolution Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. From the analysis of the temporal changes of rovibrational absorption spectra, the nuclear spin conversion rates associated with the rotational relaxation from the J=1 state to the J=0 state for both species were determined at temperatures between 1 and 6 K. The conversion rate of CD(4) was found to be 2-100 times faster than that of CH(4) in this temperature range. The faster conversion in CD(4) is attributed to the quadrupole interaction of D atoms in CD(4), while the conversion in CH(4) takes place mainly through the nuclear spin-nuclear spin interaction. The conversion rates depend on crystal temperature strongly above 3.5 K for CH(4) and above 2 K for CD(4), while the rates were almost constant below these temperatures. The temperature dependence indicates that the one-phonon process is dominant at low temperatures, while two-phonon processes become important at higher temperatures as a cause of the nuclear spin conversion. (c) 2008 American Institute of Physics.