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Title: THz spectroscopy of AlH (X {sup 1}Σ{sup +}): Direct measurement of the J = 2 ← 1 transition

The J = 2 ← 1 rotational transition of AlH (X {sup 1}Σ{sup +}) near 755 GHz and the J = 4 ← 3 line of AlD (X {sup 1}Σ{sup +}) near 787 GHz have been measured using terahertz direct absorption spectroscopy. Both species were created in an AC discharge of Al(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} and H{sub 2} or D{sub 2} in the presence of argon. This work is the first direct measurement of both transitions. These data were combined with previous submillimeter transition frequencies for both molecules recorded by Halfen and Ziurys in global analyses to refine their spectroscopic parameters. The constants B and D for AlH were determined for the first time based on pure rotational data only, improving their accuracy, while those for AlD were slightly refined. Predictions for higher-lying transitions of AlH must consequently be revised by at least 50 MHz, a significant difference. AlH has been observed via its A {sup 1}Π-X {sup 1}Σ{sup +} electronic transition in stellar photospheres, suggesting that this species may be present in circumstellar gas surrounding late-type stars, where five aluminum-bearing molecules have already been detected.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Department of Astronomy, Arizona Radio Observatory, and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, 933 N. Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22365353
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 791; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY; ACCURACY; ALUMINIUM; ARGON; FORECASTING; GHZ RANGE; GLOBAL ANALYSIS; HYDROGEN; MOLECULES; PHOTOSPHERE; STARS