Infrared absorption spectra of the CH stretching region were observed for naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, pyrene, and perylene using a heated, supersonic, slit-jet source and cavity ringdown spectroscopy. Band positions and intensities recorded with 0.2-cm-1 resolution were compared with previous gas-phase and argon matrix isolation experiments, as well as theoretical calculations. The largest matrix shift in the absorption maximum (-7.4 cm-1) was observed for anthracene, with all others shifted by 3.0 cm-1 or less. Spectral features in the supersonic jet spectrum were generally narrower than those observed in the Ar matrix, with the largest matrix broadening found for the perylene (80% increase). Low number densities observed for the larger polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) suggest that the lower vapor pressure of PAHs with catacondensed four-membered rings and with five-membered rings other than perylene will not be detectable using our current configuration.
- Cavity ringdown spectroscopy
- IR spectroscopy
- Matrix isolation
- Polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons