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Vibrational dynamics of SCCl2 from the zero point to the first dissociation limit

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Over one thousand [X with combining tilde][B with combining tilde] vibronic transitions of the SC35Cl2 and SC35Cl37Cl isotopomers, originating from eight [B with combining tilde] state vibrational levels, have been measured by dispersed fluorescence spectroscopy and stimulated emission pumping. The observed ground state vibrational energy levels involve all six vibrational modes, and have up to 28 quanta of combined excitation. The energy window extends from the fundamental vibrations to beyond the molecular dissociation limit near E/h = 600 THz. 375 ground state vibrational levels of SC35Cl2 have been assigned and fitted to an effective Hamiltonian. 35–37 chlorine isotopomer splittings are regular except for a few resonances when v1 ≥ 7 and v4 ≥ 6. Regular progressions up to 600 THz indicate the conservation of at least two good vibrational quantum numbers at the SCCl–Cl and SC–Cl2 dissociation limits. A subset of over 100 transitions up to E/h = 240 THz was used to refine a 6-D ab initio potential surface represented in bond distance coordinates. This surface, together with a previously computed [B with combining tilde] state potential surface and transition dipole surface, also reproduces the spectral intensities of the ν1ν4 polyads up to E/h = 240 THz. SCCl2 is an excellent model system for intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) among skeletal vibrations ranging from isolated resonances to extensively mixed quantum states. The newly extended spectra show that half of the 6-D quantum state space remains highly structured up to the first dissociation limit near 600 THz, resulting in sub-exponential IVR dynamics except at short times.

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The article was received on 01 Mar 2004, accepted on 20 Apr 2004 and first published on 10 Jun 2004

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B403114H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2004,6, 3786-3800

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    Vibrational dynamics of SCCl2 from the zero point to the first dissociation limit

    B. Strickler and M. Gruebele, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2004, 6, 3786
    DOI: 10.1039/B403114H

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