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J Phys Chem A. 2005 Jun 30;109(25):5708-16.

The chiral molecule CHClFI: first determination of its molecular parameters by Fourier transform microwave and millimeter-wave spectroscopies supplemented by ab initio calculations.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Atomes et Mol√©cules UMR 8523 CNRS-Universit√© de Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, France.


The rotational spectrum of chlorofluoroiodomethane (CHClFI) has been investigated. Because its rotational spectrum is extremely crowded, extensive ab initio calculations were first performed in order to predict the molecular parameters. The low J transitions were measured using a pulsed-molecular-beam Fourier transform spectrometer, and the millimeter-wave spectrum was measured to determine accurate centrifugal distortion constants. Because of the high resolution of the experimental techniques, the analysis yielded accurate rotational constants, centrifugal distortion corrections, and the complete quadrupole coupling tensors for the iodine and chlorine nuclei, as well as the contribution of iodine to the spin-rotation interaction. These molecular parameters were determined for the two isotopologs CH35ClFI and CH37ClFI. They reproduce the observed transitions within the experimental accuracy. Moreover, the ab initio calculations have provided a precise equilibrium molecular structure. Furthermore, the ab initio molecular parameters are found in good agreement with the corresponding experimental values.

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