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The a 4Σ−–X 2Π1/2 transition of GeH has been recorded in absorption for the first time using Intracavity Laser Spectroscopy (ILS). The GeH molecules were produced in a 0.40–0.60 A DC plasma discharge inside an aluminum hollow cathode, using 500 mTorr of Ar, 100 mTorr of H2, and 200 mTorr of GeH4. This cathode is located within the resonator cavity of a Coherent Verdi™ V-10 pumped dye laser. Effective path lengths for this series of measurements using the ILS method ranged from 2 to 7 km. Spectra were calibrated using the absorption spectrum of I2 collected from an extracavity cell, the I2 transmission spectrum from Salami and Ross, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 223(1), 157 (2005) and PGOPHER’s [C. M. Western, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 186, 221–242 (2016)] calibration feature. Differences in peak positions between calibrated experimental spectra and the reference data were on average less than ±0.002 cm−1. All eight branches expected to have appreciable intensity for the transition have been identified, and isotopologue splitting was observed in features of 5 of the 8 identified rotational branches. Molecular constants have been obtained for the a 4Σ− states of 70GeH (20.84% abundant), 72GeH (27.54% abundant), and 74GeH (36.28% abundant). The transitions were fit using PGOPHER, holding the ground state constants fixed to the values reported by Towle and Brown [Mol. Phys. 78(2), 249 (1993)]. The constants for the a 4Σ− state of 74GeH determined by the fit are T0 = 16 751.5524(13) cm−1, B0 = 6.764 912(33) cm−1, D0 = 0.459 60(17) × 10−3 cm−1, λSS = 9.7453(12) cm−1, λD = 0.468(14) × 10−3 cm−1, γ = 0.077 878(84), and γS = −0.361(77) × 10−3 cm−1.

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May 2018

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Journal of Chemical Physics





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“The spin-forbidden a 4Σ- ‑ X 2Π1/2 transition of GeH detected in absorption using intracavity laser spectroscopy,” J. Chem. Phys., J. C. Harms, L. C. O’Brien, and J. J. O’Brien, 2018, 148, 204306.
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