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EIGENSTATE RESOLVED INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY OF PYRROLE IN THE C-H STRETCH OVERTONE REGION

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Title: EIGENSTATE RESOLVED INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY OF PYRROLE IN THE C-H STRETCH OVERTONE REGION
Creators: Choi, S.; Callegari, A.; Srivastava, H. K.; Engels, P.; Lehmann, K. K.; Scoles, G.
Issue Date: 1997
Abstract: The infrared spectrum of pyrrole, $C_{4}H_{5}N$, was recorded in the region of the $\nu_{14}$ C-H stretch overtone $(6150 cm^{-1})$, using a resonant cavity enhanced molecular beam laser spectrometer with optothermal detention. The study was carried out to investigate the Intramolecular Vibrational energy Redistribution (IVR) in pyrrole, and compare it with the observed IVR dynamics in benzene, a previously studied aromatic molecule. Of particular interest is the effect of symmetry on the IVR lifetime. Pyrrole and benzene both have a similar density of coupled states, but pyrrole has lower symmetry ($C_{2\nu}$ versus $D_{6b}$). Computer simulations and combination differences were used to assign the fairly dense $(\sim 1000 lines/cm^{-1})$ spectrum of this near oblate asymmetric top. Each rotational line splits into an IVR multiplet of about 10-15 cigenstates spread over an energy range of $0.05-0.1 cm^{-1}$. This yields an average density of states of $\sim 100 lines/cm^{-1}$, in agreement with the density of vibrational states calculated by a harmonic approximation. The inferred IVR lifetimes for pyrrole range from 100 to 200ps, about one order of magnitude longer than the IVR lifetime for the comparable excitation in benzene.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/13975
Other Identifiers: 1997-RG-09
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