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Pure rotational spectra of LuF and LuCl

TitlePure rotational spectra of LuF and LuCl
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsCooke, SA, Krumrey, C, Gerry, MCL
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume7
Pagination2570-2578
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1463-9076
KeywordsBORN-OPPENHEIMER APPROXIMATION, DIATOMIC-MOLECULES, DUNHAM COEFFICIENTS, FIELD SHIFT, HYPERFINE CONSTANTS, ISOTOPE DEPENDENCE, METAL-POOR, NEUTRON-CAPTURE ELEMENTS, NUCLEAR-CHARGE RADII, TRANSFORM MICROWAVE SPECTROSCOPY
Abstract

The pure rotational spectra of two isotopic species of LuF and three of LuCl have been measured in the frequency range 5-17 GHz using a cavity pulsed jet Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. The samples were prepared by laser ablation of Lu metal in the presence of SF6 or Cl-2, and stabilized in supersonic jets of Ar. Spectra of molecules in states having v = 0, 1, and 2 have been measured, to produce rotational constants and centrifugal distortion constants, along with hyperfine constants for all the nuclei. Dunham-type. fits for LuCl produced a Born-Oppenheimer breakdown parameter for Cl. Although a theoretical calculation showed that Lu in LuCl should have a significant field shift effect parameter, it could not be determined from the spectrum. Equilibrium internuclear distances, re, and dissociation energies have been evaluated for both molecules. The nuclear quadrupole coupling constants are discussed in terms of the molecular electronic structure.

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