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dc.creatorBrugh, Dale J.en_US
dc.creatorMorse, Michael D.en_US
dc.description$^{a}$ W.J. Balfour, J. Cao, C.V.V. Prasad, C.X.W. Qinn, J. Chem. Phys. 103, 4046 (1995). $^{b}$ M. Barnes, A.J. Merer, G.F. Metha, J. Chem. Phys. 103, 8360 (1995).en_US
dc.descriptionAuthor Institution: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Optical Technology Division; University of Utah, Department of Chemistryen_US
dc.description.abstractLaser vaporization of pure nickel metal in the throat of a supersonic expansion of He doped with about $3\% CH_{4}$ has produced NiC in high yield. When the molecules were interrogated via resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy between 19 $000 cm^{-1}$ and $27 000 cm^{-1}$ with ArF ex***imer radiation for photoionization, nearly 50 bands, some exceptionally intense, were observed. The densest portion of the spectrum is to the blue of $24 500 cm^{-1}$. All of the 31 bands that were rotationally resolved appear to be $\delta = 0 \leftarrow 0$ transitions. The $\delta^{3}\sigma^{1}, {^{3}}\Delta_{+}$ ground state of $FeC^{a}$ and the $\delta^{4}\sigma^{1}, {^{2}}\Sigma^{+}$ ground state of $CoC^{b}$ leads one to expect that the ground state of NiC will be $\delta^{4}\sigma^{2}, {^{1}}\Sigma^{+}$. Our observation that all transitions originate from an $\Omega = 0$ state is consistent with the assignment of the ground state of NiC as ${^{1}}\Sigma^{+}$. Five distinct excited electronic states have been tentatively identified based upon isotope shift data collected from the rotationally resolved bands and from some of the bands that could not be resolved. Three of the rotationally resolved bands were identified as the first two hot bands as well as the $v = 0-0$ band of an $\Omega = 0 \leftarrow 0$ system. Uncharacteristic of a jet-cooled R2PI experiment, this has allowed us to determine the ground state vibrational frequency to be $\omega^{\prime \prime} = 875.3 cm^{-1}$ with $\omega_{e}x^{\prime \prime}_{e} = 5.4 cm^{-1}$. The rotational constant for the ground state has been determined to be $0.637396 \pm 0.000059 cm^{-1}$, corresponding to a ground state bond length of $1.631095 \pm 0.000076$ {\AA}.en_US
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dc.publisherOhio State Universityen_US

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