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The rotation-vibration spectrum of methyl fluoride from first principles

Abstract

Accurate \textit{ab initio} calculations on the rotation-vibration spectrum of methyl fluoride (\ce{CH3F}) are reported. A new nine-dimensional potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment surface (DMS) have been generated using high-level electronic structure methods. Notably, the PES was constructed from explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and considered additional energy corrections to account for core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms beyond perturbative triples, scalar relativistic effects, and the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer correction. The PES and DMS are evaluated through robust variational nuclear motion computations of pure rotational and vibrational energy levels, the equilibrium geometry of \ce{CH3F}, vibrational transition moments, absolute line intensities of the $\nu_6$ band, and the rotation-vibration spectrum up to $J=40$. The computed results show excellent agreement with a range of experimental sources, in particular the six fundamentals are reproduced with a root-mean-square error of 0.69~cm$^{-1}$. This work represents the most accurate theoretical treatment of the rovibrational spectrum of \ce{CH3F} to date.

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The article was received on 16 Mar 2018, accepted on 15 May 2018 and first published on 17 May 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01721B
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    The rotation-vibration spectrum of methyl fluoride from first principles

    A. Owens, A. Yachmenev, J. Küpper, S. N. Yurchenko and W. Thiel, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01721B

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