Manifestations of torsion-CH stretch coupling in the infrared spectrum of CH3OO

Kuo Hsiang Hsu, Yu Hsuan Huang, Yuan-Pern Lee*, Meng Huang, Terry A. Miller, Anne B. McCoy

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With a step-scan Fourier-transform spectrometer we recorded temporally resolved infrared absorption spectra of CH3OO radicals that were produced upon irradiation of CH3COCH3 and O2 at 193 nm in a flowing mixture. At a resolution of 0.15 cm-1, the rotational structure of the ν2 band of CH3OO near 2954.4 cm-1 is partially resolved and shows an unexpectedly broadened, and somewhat distorted, Q-branch. A 4D model Hamiltonian, consisting of three CH stretches and the methyl torsion, was developed to explore the origins of this broadening. The vibrational progressions predicted by the model Hamiltonian and the rotational contours of the ν2 band, based on experimental ground-state rotational parameters and their values scaled by their calculated ratios for the upper state, produced simulations in satisfactory agreement with the observed spectrum. These results provide new insight into the vibrational couplings in CH3OO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4827-4837
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number27
StatePublished - 22 Feb 2016

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