Fourier transform emission spectroscopy of the A(2)Pi-X-2 Sigma(+) system of BeH

C Focsa, S Firth, P F Bernath, R Colin

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The A (2)Pi-X (2)Sigma(+) transition of BeH was observed by Fourier transform emission spectroscopy using a hollow cathode discharge lamp. The 0-0 to 6-6 bands were rotationally analyzed and molecular constants extracted. The equilibrium rotational constants B-e and bond lengths were found to be 10.331 21(50) cm(-1) and 1.341 68(3) Angstrom for the ground state and 10.466 31(27) cm(-1) and 1.332 99(2) Angstrom in the excited state. In order to link the diagonal bands together and to determine the vibrational constants, the 0-1 to 6-7 bands in an archival are emission spectrum were also rotationally analyzed. In the X (2)Sigma(+) and A (2)Pi states, the spectroscopic constants are nearly identical so the Delta nu = -1 bands were too weak to be seen in our Fourier transform spectra. Franck-Condon factors were calculated for the A (2)Pi-X (2)Sigma(+) transition from Rydberg-Klein-Rees potential curves. These new rotational analyses now link up with the previous work on the 0-7, 0-8, 0-9, 1-9 and 1-10 bands of the C (2)Sigma(+)-X (2)Sigma(+) system [R. Colin, C. Dreze, and M. Steinhauer, Can. J. Phys. 61, 641 (1983)]. Spectroscopic data are thus available for all bound ground state vibrational levels, upsilon" = Q-10, and a set of Dunham Y constants were determined. BeH joins the small group of chemically bound molecules for which a nearly complete set of ground state rovibronic energy levels are known experimentally. (C) 1998 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5795-5802
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 1998



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