The Near Ultraviolet Band System of Singlet Methylene

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Journal titleJournal of Molecular Spectroscopy
Pages136143; # of pages: 8
AbstractIn a classic paper by G. Herzberg and J. W. C. Johns entitled "The Spectrum and Structure of Singlet CH2" (Proc. Roy. Soc. A295, 107-128 (1966)) the analysis of the b1B1<--?1A1 red absorption band system of CH2 is discussed in detail for the first time. In addition to that band system the observation of a fragment of a weak near ultraviolet absorption band system is reported. The three observed bands of the system could not be vibrationally assigned or rotationally analyzed but it was pointed out that they probably involve absorption into the second excited singlet state, c1A1. We show this supposition to be true here by simulation. In order to simulate the spectrum we have calculated ab initio the c-? and c-b transition moment surfaces and used the MORBID and RENNER program systems with previously determined potential energy surfaces for the ?, b, and c states in a calculation of the energy levels and wavefunctions. We find that the three bands seen by Herzberg and Johns are part of the c<--(?/b) system but that all of the bands of the system above about 31 000 cm-1 are missing as a result of c state predissociation. We vibrationally assign the bands but the weakness of the spectrum, and the presence of perturbations, make it impossible for us to analyze the rotational structure fully. Further experimental and theoretical studies are suggested.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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NPARC number12327323
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