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Title: High resolution measurements supported by electronic structure calculations of two naphthalene derivatives: [1,5]- and [1,6]-naphthyridine—Estimation of the zero point inertial defect for planar polycyclic aromatic compounds

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) molecules are suspected to be present in the interstellar medium and to participate to the broad and unresolved emissions features, the so-called unidentified infrared bands. In the laboratory, very few studies report the rotationally resolved structure of such important class of molecules. In the present work, both experimental and theoretical approaches provide the first accurate determination of the rotational energy levels of two diazanaphthalene: [1,5]- and [1,6]-naphthyridine. [1,6]-naphthyridine has been studied at high resolution, in the microwave (MW) region using a Fourier transform microwave spectrometer and in the far-infrared (FIR) region using synchrotron-based Fourier transform spectroscopy. The very accurate set of ground state (GS) constants deduced from the analysis of the MW spectrum allowed the analysis of the most intense modes in the FIR (ν{sub 38}-GS centered at about 483 cm{sup −1} and ν{sub 34}-GS centered at about 842 cm{sup −1}). In contrast with [1,6]-naphthyridine, pure rotation spectroscopy of [1,5]-naphthyridine cannot be performed for symmetry reasons so the combined study of the two intense FIR modes (ν{sub 22}-GS centered at about 166 cm{sup −1} and ν{sub 18}-GS centered at about 818 cm{sup −1}) provided the GS and the excited states constants. Although the analysis of themore » very dense rotational patterns for such large molecules remains very challenging, relatively accurate anharmonic density functional theory calculations appeared as a highly relevant supporting tool to the analysis for both molecules. In addition, the good agreement between the experimental and calculated infrared spectrum shows that the present theoretical approach should provide useful data for the astrophysical models. Moreover, inertial defects calculated in the GS (Δ{sub GS}) of both molecules exhibit slightly negative values as previously observed for planar species of this molecular family. We adjusted the semi-empirical relations to estimate the zero-point inertial defect (Δ{sub 0}) of polycyclic aromatic molecules and confirmed the contribution of low frequency out-of-plane vibrational modes to the GS inertial defects of PAHs, which is indeed a key parameter to validate the analysis of such large molecules.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. AILES Beamline, Synchrotron SOLEIL, Saint-Aubin, 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
  2. (France)
  3. Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Atomes et Molécules, UMR 8523 CNRS – Université Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420068
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 23; 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; DEFECTS; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; EMISSION; EXCITED STATES; FOURIER TRANSFORMATION; GROUND STATES; INFRARED SPECTRA; MOLECULES; NAPHTHALENE; POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS; ROTATION; SPECTROSCOPY