# ELECTRONIC BANS SYSTEMS OF VCH IN THE 590-800 nm REGION

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 Title: ELECTRONIC BANS SYSTEMS OF VCH IN THE 590-800 nm REGION Creators: Barnes, M.; Hajigeorgiou, P. G.; Merer, A. J.; Metha, G. F. Issue Date: 1994 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: A complicated system of about 30 bands in the 590-800 nm region has been discovered by laser excitation, following the reaction of laser-ablated vanadium atoms with methane under supersonic jet-cooled conditions. At least two electronic transitions must be present, since the most prominent bands are analysed so far have integer rotational quantum numbers, and clear ${^{51}}V$ nuclear hyperfine structure. The presence of hydrogen in the carrier is suggested by experiments with $CD_{4}$. but the simple linear-molecule sub-band structure indicates that the carrier is VCH, rather than $VCH_{3}$. The lower state of the strongest bands in an $\Omega = 1$ state, presumably $X_{3} \Delta_{1}$ by analogy with $VN^{1}$. Wavelength resolved fluorescence experiments reveal a highly structured vibrational level pattern in the ground state, with the most prominent peaks corresponding to levels at 146, 572, 840, 1118 and $1402 cm^{-1}$ frequency is probably the V-C stretching vibration, shifted down considerably from its value in the isoelectronic VN molecule. Consistent with this, rotational analysis has given $B^{\prime\prime} = 0$. $491 cm^{-1}$, which correspond to a V-C bond length of about 1.72 {\AA}, some some 0.15 A longer than in VN while the hypergine h parameter of the ground state $(-0.0083 cm^{-1})$ is less than half that of VN, The 572 and $1118 cm^{-1}$ levels seem to involve overtones of the bending vibration, distorted by orbital angular momentum effects, while the $146 cm^{-1}$ interval is provisionally assigned as the lowest spin-orbit interval of the ground state. Rotational perturbations are widespread throughout the system. cvcn in the bands near 800 nm. While the A-doubling in the $({^{3}}\Pi_{0}$) upper state of the 639 nm band is highly erratic. Description: 1. W.J. Balfour, A.J. Merer, H. Niki, B. Simard and P.A. Hackett, J. Chem Phys. 99, 3288 (1993). Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia; Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/13096 Other Identifiers: 1994-MH-09