We have simulated the photoelectron spectrum of CH−2 using the model described previously [Sears and Bunker, J. Chem. Phys. 79, 5265 (1983)]. The optimization of the fit of the simulated spectrum to the recently observed spectrum of Lineberger and co‐workers [J. Chem. Phys. 81, 1048 (1984) and preceding paper] has enabled us to determine the rotation‐bending energy levels of triplet CH2 over an energy range of more than 1 eV. It has also enabled us to determine that the rotational temperature of the CH−2 in the experiment is 220 K and that, for v2=1, the vibrational temperature is 680 K. For CH−2 we determine that ae=103° and that ν2=1230 cm−1. The singlet–triplet splitting in methylene is determined to be 3150±30 cm−1 (0.3905±0.004 eV, 9.01±0.09 kcal/mol) from the photoelectron spectrum, in excellent agreement with the more accurate value previously obtained from LMR spectroscopy [McKellar et al., J. Chem. Phys. 79, 5251 (1983)] of 3165±20 cm−1 (0.3924±0.0025 eV, 9.05±0.06 kcal/mol), and the electron affinity of triplet CH2 is determined to be 0.652±0.006 eV.
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Research Article| November 15 1985
Analysis of the laser photoelectron spectrum of CH−2
P. R. Bunker;
P. R. Bunker, Trevor J. Sears; Analysis of the laser photoelectron spectrum of CH−2. J. Chem. Phys. 15 November 1985; 83 (10): 4866–4876. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.449747
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