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INTERPRETATION OF THE VIBRATIONAL SPECTRA OF SMALL RING SYSTEMS: PERFLUOROCYCLOBUTANE

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Title: INTERPRETATION OF THE VIBRATIONAL SPECTRA OF SMALL RING SYSTEMS: PERFLUOROCYCLOBUTANE
Creators: Harris, W. C.; Yang, D. B.
Issue Date: 1974
Abstract: The vibrational spectra of gaseous and solid perfluorocyclobutane have been interpreted in terms of a planar molecule with $D_{4h}$ symmetry in view of the observed mutual exclusion between the infrared and Raman frequencies. A vibrational assignment for perfluorocyclobutane is presented and based upon the observed infrared and Raman band contours, depolarization ratios, relative and intensities and positions. A comparison of the ring-puckering potential functions and skeletal structures of cyclobutane, 1,1-difluorocyclobutane, trimethylene oxide and 3,3-difluoroexetane suggests the inversion barrier is reduced significantly upon introduction of a $CF_{2}$ group in the cyclic systems. The apparent trend toward planarity appears to continue in 1,1,2,2-tetrafluorocyclobutane and perfluorocyclobutane. The factors which may dictate the equilibrium structures of small ring molecules are considered in view of the data presently available.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/16547
Other Identifiers: 1974-WH-5
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