PERTURBATIONS IN THE GROUND ELECTRONIC STATE ROTATIONAL SPECTRUM OF TRANSITION-METAL CONTAINING MOLECULES
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Transition-metal containing molecules, in general, have a high density of electronic states even in the energy region of the electronic ground state. Often the pure rotational spectrum of these species exhibits perturbations caused by low-lying excited states. Examples of these perturbations include irregular spin-orbit, fine structure, and hyperfine patterns. A good example of a molecule exhibiting some of these perturbations is VCl$^+$. This species has a $^4\Sigma^-$ ground state, but has unusually large spin-spin splittings. These perturbations indicate that the ground state is interacting with the excited $^4\Pi_i$ and/or $^2\Pi_i$ states. A deperturbation analysis of the rotational spectrum of VCl$^+$ is currently underway, and the results of this analysis will be presented.
Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, Department of Astronomy, and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721; Department of Chemistry, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139; Department of Chemistry, Department of Astronomy, and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
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