dc.creator Oliaee, J. Norooz en_US dc.creator Mivehvar, F. en_US dc.creator Dehghany, M. en_US dc.creator Moazzen-Ahmadi, N. en_US dc.creator McKellar, A. R. W. en_US dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-12T14:30:22Z dc.date.available 2010-07-12T14:30:22Z dc.date.issued 2010 en_US dc.identifier 2010-FA-11 en_US dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/46413 dc.description Author Institution: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N; 1N4, Canada; Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, National Research Council of; Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6, Canada en_US dc.description.abstract Weakly bound complexes provide a convenient starting point for a detailed understanding of different pathways that can be taken between the gas and condensed phases of matter. In this regard, it is of considerable interest to determine the number of isomers for a cluster size and if and how geometrical choices made in the early stages of condensation influence the growth of larger clusters. Although it is expected that the number of isomers grows rapidly with cluster size, in many cases only a single isomer is observed experimentally. High resolution spectroscopy has provided information on structural and vibrational dynamics of a large number of binary and ternary complexes formed from related linear triatomic molecules such as CO$_{2}$, N$_{2}$O, OCS and CS$_{2}$. But, there are much fewer detailed experimental studies which provide structures for the important cluster sizes in the range of $% 4\sim 10$ monomers. Here we report the structural determination of two isomers of nitrous oxide tetramer from their infrared spectra in the $\nu _{1}$ fundamental region ($% \sim 2230$ cm$^{-1}$). Two bands are observed and analyzed, corresponding to two distinct isomers of the complex. A perpendicular band centered at $% 2232.209$ cm$^{-1}$ has been assigned to an isomer with S$_{4}$ symmetry (a subgroup of D$_{2d}$ group). This is a rare symmetry group, but provides all the necessary ingredients. It allows for a tilt of the monomers from the symmetry axis of the complex as well as a twist. The experimentally determined structure has the monomers more or less perpendicular to the symmetry axis. A second band centered at 2237.424 cm$^{-1}$ was assigned to a structure close to a perfect barrel-shaped tetramer with D$_{2d}$ symmetry. This is a prolate symmetric top which gives parallel bands for the pure isotopomers and a c-type band for the mixed isotopomer containing three $^{15}$N$_{2}$O monomers. This isomer is the same species as that observed by R.E. Miller and L. Pederson. en_US dc.language.iso en en_US dc.publisher Ohio State University en_US dc.title STRUCTURES OF TWO ISOMERS OF NITROUS OXIDE TETRAMER FROM THEIR INFRARED SPECTRA en_US dc.type Article en_US dc.type Image en_US dc.type Presentation en_US
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