# CAVITY RINDDOWN SPECTROSCOPY OF THE $\tilde{A} - \tilde{X}$ ELECTRONIC TRANSITION OF THE $CH_{3}C(O)O_{2}$ RADICAL

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 Title: CAVITY RINDDOWN SPECTROSCOPY OF THE $\tilde{A} - \tilde{X}$ ELECTRONIC TRANSITION OF THE $CH_{3}C(O)O_{2}$ RADICAL Creators: Zalyubovsky, Sergey J.; Glover, Brent G.; Miller, Terry A. Issue Date: 2003 Abstract: The acetyl peroxy radical, $CH_{3}C(O)O_{2}$, is one of the most abundant organic peroxy radicals in the $atmosphere^{a}$. It plays a significant role in many key atmospheric processes, including the atmospheric ozone $balance^{b}$ and the formation of peroxy acetyl $nitrate^{c}$, a key component in photochemically generated smog. Various advantages in spectroscopic and kinetic applications can be gained by studying peroxy radicals via their near IR electronic $transition^{d,e}$. In this talk we report cavity ringdown spectra of the $\tilde{A}^{2} A^{\prime} - \tilde{X}^{2}A^{\prime\prime}$ electronic transition of acetyl peroxy radical and its perdeutero analog. For $CH_{3}C(O)O_{2}$, a $T_{00}$ electronic origin is observed at $5582.5(5) cm^{-1}$ and several $\tilde{A}$ state vibrational frequencies are measured and assigned. Extensive ab initio calculations have been carried out to confirm assignments for the electronic origin and observed vibrational hot bands. The empirical absorption cross section for the origin of $\tilde{A}^{2} A' - \tilde{X}^{2}A^{\prime\prime}$ transition has been estimated. URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/21026 Other Identifiers: 2003-TG-04