A comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of H2-CO spectra

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.4791712
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Journal titleJournal of Chemical Physics
Article number84307
SubjectAnalytic expressions; Coupled-cluster methods; Experimental investigations; Experimental spectra; Extrapolation procedure; Interaction energies; Quadruple excitations; Vibrational wave functions; Calculations; Microwave spectroscopy; Potential energy surfaces; Quantum chemistry; Spectroscopy; Iterative methods
AbstractA detailed description of a new ab initio interaction potential energy surfaces for the H2-CO complex computed on a six-dimensional grid (i.e., including the dependence on the H-H and C-O separations) is presented. The interaction energies were first calculated using the coupled-cluster method with single, double, and noniterative triple excitations and large basis sets, followed by an extrapolation procedure. Next, a contribution from iterative triple and noniterative quadruple excitations was added from calculations in smaller basis sets. The resulting interaction energies were then averaged over the ground-state and both ground- and first-excited-states vibrational wave functions of H2 and CO, respectively. The two resulting four-dimensional potential energy surfaces were fitted by analytic expressions. Theoretical infrared spectra calculated from these surfaces have already been shown [P. Jankowski, A. R. W. McKellar, and K. Szalewicz, Science 336, 1147 (2012)] to agree extremely well, to within a few hundredth of wavenumber, with the experimental spectra of the para and orthoH2-CO complex. In the latter case, this agreement enabled an assignment of the experimental spectrum, ten years after it had been measured. In the present paper, we provide details concerning the development of the surfaces and the process of spectral line assignment. Furthermore, we assign some transitions for paraH2-CO that have not been assigned earlier. A completely new element of the present work are experimental investigations of the orthoH2-CO complex using microwave spectroscopy. Vast parts of the measured spectrum have been interpreted by comparisons with the infrared experiments, including new low-temperature ones, and theoretical spectrum. Better understanding of the spectra of both para and orthoH2-CO complexes provides a solid foundation for a new search of the bound H2-CO complex in space.
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AffiliationSecurity and Disruptive Technologies; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number21270473
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