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Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie

International journal of research in physical chemistry and chemical physics

Editor-in-Chief: Rademann, Klaus

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Volume 229, Issue 10-12


Investigation of the ν2 + 2ν3 Subband in the Overtone Icosad of 13CH4 by Pulsed Supersonic Jet and Diode Laser Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy: Partial Rovibrational Analysis and Nuclear Spin Symmetry Conservation

Zoran Bjelobrk / Carine Manca Tanner / Martin Quack
Published Online: 2015-10-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zpch-2015-0635


We have investigated the ν2 + 2ν3 combination band of methane 13CH4 centered at 7493.15918 cm1 within the icosad of the overtone absorption. The jet-CRD setup combining supersonic jet expansions and cavity ring-down spectroscopy which was already used for the reinvestigation of the same spectral region for the main isotope of methane (12CH4) has been used to record spectra of the Q and R branches at room temperature as well as at very low temperatures (down to 4 K). Based on our previous temperature-dependent investigations and the present results, we provide a careful analysis and the assignment for lines involving angular momentum quantum numbers up to J = 4. The analysis of the relative intensities in spectra taken at various rotational and effective translational temperatures demonstrate conservation of nuclear spin symmetry for 13CH4 under the conditions of a supersonic jet expansion, similar to our previous results regarding 12CH4 and also to further results using other techniques and covering other spectral ranges. This is in agreement with theoretical expectation regarding very slow nuclear spin symmetry relaxation under these conditions in supersonic jet expansions.

Keywords: High Resolution Spectroscopy; Near Infrared; Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy; Methane; Isotopes; 13CH4; Nuclear Spin Symmetry

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Accepted: 2015-07-28

Received: 2015-04-28

Published Online: 2015-10-08

Published in Print: 2015-10-28

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Volume 229, Issue 10-12, Pages 1575–1607, ISSN (Online) 2196-7156, ISSN (Print) 0942-9352, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zpch-2015-0635.

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