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Title: Optical spectra of the silicon-terminated carbon chain radicals SiC{sub n}H (n = 3,4,5)

The gas-phase optical spectra of three silicon-terminated carbon chain radicals, SiC{sub n}H (n = 3 − 5), formed in a jet-cooled discharge of silane and acetylene, have been investigated by resonant two-color two-photon ionization and laser-induced fluorescence/dispersed fluorescence. Analysis of the spectra was facilitated by calculations performed using equation-of-motion coupled cluster methods. For SiC{sub 3}H and SiC{sub 5}H, the observed transitions are well-described as excitations from a {sup 2}Π ground state to a {sup 2}Σ state, in which vibronic coupling, likely involving a higher-lying Π state with a very large predicted f-value (close to unity), is persistent. The lowest {sup 2}Σ states of both species are characterized by a rare silicon triple bond, which was identified previously [T. C. Smith, H. Y. Li, D. J. Clouthier, C. T. Kingston, and A. J. Merer, J. Chem. Phys. 112, 3662 (2000)] in the lowest {sup 2}Σ state of SiCH. Although a strong Π − Π transition is predicted for SiC{sub 4}H, the observed spectrum near 505 nm more likely corresponds to excitation to a relatively dark Σ state which is vibronically coupled to a nearby Π state. In contrast to the chains with an odd number of carbon atoms, which exhibit relatively sharpmore » spectral features and lifetimes in the 10–100 ns range, SiC{sub 4}H shows intrinsically broadened spectral features consistent with a ∼100 fs lifetime, and a subsequent long-lived decay (>50 μs) which we ascribe to mixing with a nearby quartet state arising from the same electronic configuration. The spin-orbit coupling constants for both SiC{sub 3}H and SiC{sub 5}H radicals were determined to be approximately 64 cm{sup −1}, similar to that of SiCH (69.8 cm{sup −1}), suggesting that the unpaired electron in these species is localized on the silicon atom. Motivated by the new optical work, the rotational spectrum of linear SiC{sub 3}H was detected by cavity Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy in the 13–34 GHz range. Each rotational transition from the {sup 2}Π{sub 3/2} ground state exhibits well-resolved Λ-doubling and hyperfine structure; the derived rotational constant of B = 2.605 GHz is in excellent agreement with our calculations.« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [3]
  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States)
  2. (United States)
  3. Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22419939
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ACETYLENE; CARBON; FLUORESCENCE; FOURIER TRANSFORMATION; GROUND STATES; L-S COUPLING; SILICON; SILICON CARBIDES; SPECTRA