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Title: Computational prediction of the spectroscopic parameters of methanediol, an elusive molecule for interstellar detection

The molecular structure of methanediol has been investigated by means of quantum chemical calculations. Two conformers, corresponding to C{sub 2} and C {sub s} symmetries, respectively, were considered. The C{sub 2} conformer is found to lie about 1.7 (at 298 K) or 2.3 (at 0 K) kcal mol{sup –1} below the C {sub s} conformer. Predictions for their rotational constants, vibrational frequencies, IR intensities, and dipole moments have been provided. The lowest-lying isomer has a very low dipole moment, around 0.03 D, whereas the C {sub s} conformer has a relatively high dipole moment, namely, 2.7 D. The barrier for the C {sub s} →C{sub 2} process is predicted to be around 0.7-1 kcal mol{sup –1}. Based on the energetic results the proportion of the C{sub s} conformer is likely to be negligible under low temperature conditions, such as in the interstellar medium. Therefore, it is predicted that detection by radioastronomy of methanediol would be rather unlikely.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Departamento de Química Física y Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valladolid, Campus Miguel Delibes, Paseo de Belén 7, E-47011 Valladolid (Spain)
  2. Departamento de Química Orgánica, Escuela de Ingenierías Industriales, Universidad de Valladolid, Campus Esgueva, Paseo del Cauce 59, E-47011 Valladolid (Spain)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22357253
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 784; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; 79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; DETECTION; DIPOLE MOMENTS; INFRARED RADIATION; INTERSTELLAR SPACE; MOLECULAR STRUCTURE; MOLECULES; RADIOASTRONOMY; SIMULATION; SYMMETRY