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 Title: LASER SPECTROSCOPIC DETECTION OF THE JET-COOLED SnCH2 MOLECULE Author(s): Smith, Tony Contributor(s): Clouthier, Dennis; Gharaibeh, Mohammed Subject(s): Radicals Abstract: The stannylidene (SnCH$_{2}$) molecule has been detected for the first time in the gas phase by supersonic expansion/laser spectroscopy. This transient molecule was produced in an electric discharge through a dilute mixture of tetramethyltin [(CH3)$_{4}$Sn] in high-pressure argon and studied by laser induced and dispersed fluorescence through the \~{B} $^{1}$B$_{2}$ - \~{X} $^{1}$A$_{1}$ transition. The vibronic energy levels of the ground and excited states have been measured for both SnCH$_{2}$ and SnCD$_{2}$. The observed vibrational frequencies, partially resolved rotational band contours, deuterium isotope shifts, and electronic excitation energies are in accord with our predictions from ab initio calculations. This novel species has an unusual tin-carbon double bond in the ground state. It is the third in the series of X=CH$_{2}$ (X = Si, Ge and Sn) group IVA vinylidene species we have been able to produce and study in the gas phase. 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/2142/100847 DOI: 10.15278/isms.2018.WD06 Other Identifier(s): WD06 Date Available in IDEALS: 2018-08-172018-12-12
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