J. A. Duckett, A. G. Robiette, I. Mills
Jul 1, 1976
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy
Abstract The lowest-wavenumber vibration of HCNO and DCNO, ν 5 , is known to involve a largeamplitude low-frequency anharmonic bending of the CH bond against the CNO frame. In this paper the anomalous vibrational dependence of the observed rotational constants B ( v 5 , l 5 ), and of the observed l -doubling interactions, is interpreted according to a simple effective vibration-rotation Hamiltonian in which the appropriate vibrational operators are averaged in an anharmonic potential surface over the normal coordinates ( Q 5 x , Q 5 y ). All of the data on both isotopes are interpreted according to a single potential surface having a minimum energy at a slightly bent configuration of the HCN angle (∼170°) with a maximum at the linear configuration about 2 cm −1 higher. The other coefficients in the Hamiltonian are also interpreted in terms of the structure and the harmonic and anharmonic force fields; the substitution structure at the “hypothetical linear configuration” determined in this way gives a CH bond length of 1.060 A, in contrast to the value 1.027 A determined from the ground-state rotational constants. We also discuss the difficulties in rationalizing our effective Hamiltonian in terms of more fundamental theory, as well as the success and limitations of its use in practice.