# CONFORMATIONAL LANDSCAPE OF ASPARTIC ACID IN GAS PHASE

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 Title: CONFORMATIONAL LANDSCAPE OF ASPARTIC ACID IN GAS PHASE Creators: Sanz, M. Eugenia; Lesarri, Alberto; López, Juan C.; Alonso, José L. Issue Date: 2005 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: The neutral form of the aspartic acid (COOH--CH(NH$_2$)--CH$_2$--COOH) has been observed for the first time in gas phase using our Laser-Ablation Molecular Beam Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer (LA-MB-FTMW).}, 74 (2003) 4799.} A solid rod of aspartic acid (m.p.$>$ 300 $^{irc}$C) was impinged by the second harmonic of the fundamental emission of a Nd:YAG laser, and vaporized aspartic acid molecules were dragged by a flow of Ne or Ar at 5.5 bar into the Fabry-Perot resonator. Four different conformers of the aspartic acid have been identified through the observation and analysis of their rotational spectra, and their spectroscopic constants have been determined. Ab initio calculations at high level of theory predicted rotational and quadrupole coupling constants which helped us to identify the different conformations unequivocally. These four conformers possess diverse intramolecular hydrogen bonds which influence their stability. Relative populations of the conformers in the supersonic jet have been qualitatively determined by comparing the intensity ratio of several of their rotational transitions. Description: {A. Lesarri, S. Mata, J. C. Lopez and J. L. Alonso, \emph{Rev. Sci. Instrum. Author Institution: Grupo de Espectroscop\ia Molecular (GEM), Departamento de Qu\imica F\isica y; Qu\imica Inorganica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valladolid, E-47005 Valladolid, Spain URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/30572 Other Identifiers: 2005-TF-05