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Microwave Spectrum and Structure of Methyl Phosphonic Difluoride



R D. Suenram, Francis J. Lovas, David F. Plusquellic, M W. Elizy, J M. Lochner, J O. Jensen, A C. Samuels


The rotational spectrum of methyl phosphonic difluoride has been reinvestigated using a pulsed-molecular-beam Fabry-Perot cavity microwave spectrometer. The enhanced resolution of the Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) spectrometer (compared to the original work done in a conventional Stark spectrometer) has allowed the measurement of small A-E-splittings of many of the rotational transitions caused by the internal rotation of the methyl top. The barrier to internal rotation, V3 = 676(25) cm-1, has been determined experimentally from the A-E splittings of the rotational transitions in the ground vibrational state. This barrier height is substantially lower than the previously determined value for the barrier which was 1252(14) cm-1. High-level ab initio calculations at the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level predict a barrier to internal rotation of 638 cm-1, in agreement with the experimentally determined value found here. The high sensitivity of the FTMW spectrometer has also permitted the measurement of the 13C and 18O isotopomers in natural abundance. The addition of these two isotopomers has allowed an improved structural determination.
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy


chemical agent, internal rotation, methyl phosphonic difluoride, microwave spectrum, molecular structure, rotational spectrum


Suenram, R. , Lovas, F. , Plusquellic, D. , Elizy, M. , Lochner, J. , Jensen, J. and Samuels, A. (2006), Microwave Spectrum and Structure of Methyl Phosphonic Difluoride, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created January 2, 2006, Updated February 17, 2017