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Analysis of high temperature ammonia spectra from 780 to 2100 cm

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  • N.F. Zobov
  • S.V. Shirin
  • R.I. Ovsyannikov
  • O.L. Polyansky
  • S.N. Yurchenko
  • R.J. Barber
  • J. Tennyson
  • R.J. Hargreaves
  • P.F. Bernath


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DatePublished - 1 Sep 2011
Issue number1
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)104-108
Original languageEnglish


A recently-recorded set [Hargreaves et al., Astrophys. J., in press] of Fourier transform emission spectra of hot ammonia is analyzed using a variational line list. Approximately 3350 lines are newly assigned to mainly hot bands from vibrational states as high as v = 2. 431 new energy levels of these states are experimentally determined, considerably extending the range of known rotationally-excited states. Comparisons with a recent study of high J levels in the ground and first vibrational states [Yu et al., J. Chem. Phys., 133 (2010) 174317] suggests that while the line assignments presented in that work are correct, their energy level predictions suffer from problems associated with the use of very high-order perturbation series in the effective Hamiltonian. It is suggested that variational calculations provide a more stable method for analyzing spectra involving highly-excited states of ammonia.

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