The Ã1Au state of acetylene: ungerade vibrational levels in the region 45,800-46,550 cm-1 Academic Article uri icon


  • The ungerade vibrational levels of the 1Au (S1-trans) state of C2H2 lying in the region 45,800–46,550 cm−1 have been assigned from IR–UV double resonance spectra. The aim has been to classify the complete manifold of S1-trans levels in this region, so as to facilitate the assignment of the bands of S1-cis C2H2. The rotational structure is complicated because of the overlapping of vibrational polyads with different Coriolis and Darling–Dennison parameters, but assignments have been possible with the help of predictions based on the properties of polyads at lower energy. An important result is that the analysis of the (1141, 1161) polyad determines the anharmonicity constants x 14 and x 16, which will be needed to proceed to higher energies. Some regions of impressive complexity occur. Among these is the band given by the 3361, K = 1 state at 45,945 cm−1, where a three-level interaction within the S1 state is confused by triplet perturbations. Several probable S1-cis states have been observed, including cis...

publication date

  • January 1, 2012