Re-analysis of the (100), (001), and (020) rotational structure of SO2 on the basis of high resolution FTIR spectra

O. N. Ulenikov, G. A. Onopenko, O. V. Gromova, E. S. Bekhtereva, V. M. Horneman

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Three infrared spectra, weak (W), medium (M), and strong (S), of the 32SO2 molecule were recorded with high resolution in the 1000-1500cm-1 region. Spectra were recorded with the Fourier Transform interferometer Bruker IFS-120 HR in Oulu (Finland) with different pressures, absorption path lengths, and recording time. That allowed us to record not only the ν1 and ν3 bands with higher values of quantum numbers J and Ka than it was made earlier, but to record for the first time very weak 2ν2 band. In this case, transitions with the values Jmax./Kamax. equal to 89/37, 109/28, and 54/9 were assigned in the experimental spectra for the bands ν1, ν3, and 2ν2, respectively. As it became clear in the course of the analysis, the rotational parameters of the ground vibrational state, known in the literature, do not describe suitably the ground state combination differences (GSCD) for the states with the value K a > 26 - 27. As a consequence, the ground state rotational parameters were improved on the basis of our experimental data. The 12131 transitions assigned in the experimental spectrum (7618, 3952, and 561 transitions of the bands ν1, ν3, and 2ν2, respectively) were used for determination of ro-vibrational energy values of the vibrational states (100), (001), and (020). The lasts were used then in the fit procedure together with known in the literature high accurate sub-millimeter wave data. Resonance interactions between all three vibrational states have been taken into account in the Hamiltonian used for the fit. As a result, the 51 varied parameters, obtained from the fit, reproduce 4063 ro-vibrational energies of the states (100), (001), and (020) (12131 initial experimental transitions) with accuracies close to experimental uncertainties: the rms deviation is 6.1×10-5cm-1, 9.7×10-5cm-1, and 13.9×10-5cm-1 for our FTIR data (for the (100), (001), and (020) states, respectively), and comparable with experimental uncertainties for heterodyne data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-232
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • / 2 / bands
  • Ground state
  • High-resolution spectra
  • Spectroscopic parameters
  • Sulfur dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Spectroscopy
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiation

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