The vinyl radical has been trapped in 4He nanodroplets and probed with infrared laser spectroscopy in the CH stretch region between 2850 and 3200 cm−1. The assigned band origins for the CH2 symmetric (ν3), CH2 antisymmetric (ν2), and lone α-CH stretch (ν1) vibrations are in good agreement with previously reported full-dimensional vibrational configuration interaction computations [A. R. Sharma, B. J. Braams, S. Carter, B. C. Shepler, and J. M. Bowman, J. Chem. Phys.130, 174301 (2009)]

. For all three bands, a-type and b-type transitions are observed from the lowest symmetry allowed roconvibrational state of each nuclear spin isomer, which allows for a determination of the tunneling splittings in both the ground and excited vibrational levels. Comparisons to gas phase millimeter-wave rotation-tunneling [K. Tanaka, M. Toshimitsu, K. Harada, and T. Tanaka, J. Chem. Phys.120, 3604
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