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 Title: AN ARGON-OXYGEN COVALENT BOND IN THE ArOH+ MOLECULAR ION Author(s): Wagner, J. Philipp Contributor(s): Duncan, Michael A.; McDonald II, David C Subject(s): Structure determination Abstract: Although the OH$^{+}$ cation is decidedly a triplet ($^{3}\Sigma^{-}$) being over 50 kcal mol$^{-1}$ more stable than the corresponding singlet ($^{1}\Delta$), binding to an argon atom can reverse this situation. The noble gas forms a strong donor-acceptor bond to the excited state singlet cation with a bond strength of 66.4 kcal mol$^{-1}$ at the CCSDT(Q)/CBS level of theory. This makes the singlet 3.9 kcal mol$^{-1}$ more stable than the most favorable triplet Ar$-$HO$^{+}$ complex. In a cold molecular beam experiment we have prepared both, singlet and triplet, isomers of this molecular ion depending on the employed ion source. Photodissociation spectroscopy in combination with messenger atom tagging reveals that the two observed spin isomers exhibit completely different spectral signatures in the infrared and the O$-$H stretching fundamentals differ by about 900 \wn. These findings might encourage the search for a new potential interstellar noble gas molecule. Issue Date: 06/20/18 Publisher: International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy Citation Info: APS Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation Type: Text Language: English URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/100465 DOI: 10.15278/isms.2018.WK03 Other Identifier(s): WK03 Date Available in IDEALS: 2018-08-172018-12-12
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