Near-infrared spectroscopy of LiNH3: first observation of the electronic spectrum.
journal contributionposted on 25.06.2013, 15:50 by Luigi Varriale, Nitika Bhalla, Nicola M. Tonge, Andrew M. Ellis, Timothy G. Wright
Electronic spectra of LiNH(3) and its partially and fully deuterated analogues are reported for the first time. The spectra have been recorded in the near-infrared and are consistent with two electronic transitions in close proximity, the Ã(2)E-X(2)A(1) and B(2)A(1)-X(2)A(1) systems. Vibrational structure is seen in both systems, with the Li-N-H bending vibration (ν(6)) dominant in the Ã(2)E-X(2)A(1) system and the Li-N stretch (ν(3)) in the B(2)A(1)-X(2)A(1) system. The prominence of the 6(0)(1) band in the Ã(2)E-X(2)A(1) spectrum is attributed to Herzberg-Teller coupling. The proximity of the B(2)A(1) state, which lies a little more than 200 cm(-1) above the Ã(2)E state, is likely to be the primary contributor to this strong vibronic coupling.