Diode-laser absorption spectroscopy of supersonic carbon cluster beams: The v3 spectrum of C5

J. R. Heath, A. L. Cooksy, M. H.W. Gruebele, C. A. Schmuttenmaer, R. J. Saykally

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A new spectroscopic experiment has been developed in which rovibrational transitions of supersonically cooled carbon clusters, which were produced by laser vaporization of graphite, have been measured by direct-absorption diode-laser spectroscopy. Thirty-six sequential rovibrational lines of the v3 band of the C5 carbon cluster have been measured with Doppler-limited resolution. The absorption spectrum is characteristic of a linear molecule with a center of symmetry. Least-squares analysis of the spectrum indicates an effective carbon-carbon bond length of 1.283 angstroms, in good agreement with ab initio quantum chemical calculations. This work confirms the detection of C5 in IRC+10216 reported in the accompanying paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)564-566
Number of pages3
Issue number4904
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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